Hopeton Stewart stays close to roots.

Hopeton Stewart after a CFFC amateur win. Photo Credit: Hopeton Stewart.
Hopeton Stewart after a CFFC amateur win. Photo Credit: Hopeton Stewart.


Stewart plans to keep Next Level growing and continues to help rebuild the Dover High School wrestling team.

“We’re in a rebuilding stage we’ve been on the losing end of things for years,” Stewart said. “But now we have a new coach named Aaron Harris who’s arguably one of the best in the nation and more importantly he’s from the bottom to, so he understands our kids.”

Stewart is looking out for others besides himself, but this does not stop him from enjoying his younger adult years. An avid player of the online game League of Legends, Stewart enjoys going to concerts, competing in beer Olympics, having bon fires and as he says, “dancing with gorgeous chicks.”

When it comes to competing in the cage, his record shows he is taking his career seriously. In his pro debut at Shogun Fights 13, Stewart knocked out Dameron Kirby via head kick in the second round October 2015.

In his next bout, Stewart finished Nekruz Mirkhojaev by second-round technical knockout at CFFC 61 Oct. 29, 2016.

Whether he is helping the youth, having a beer or making the next move in his MMA career, Stewart has a plan. He eyes an April 2017 return and wants to either fight fellow Shogun fighter Rob Watley or the current CFFC Lightweight Champion Mike Pope.

“Kick ass and take names,” Stewart said. “It’s nothing personal, they’re just in my way.”

Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.