NEWPORT — After almost a decade out of Mixed Martial Arts, Lincoln County’s own Dan Stewart is days away from making his return at King of the Cage: Pure Vengeance on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

Stewart, just finishing more than five months of preparation, is feeling better than he ever has before his light-heavyweight bout with Gilbran Alvarez. 

“I’ve never had this much confidence before in my performance,” Stewart said on his upcoming bout. “I know it’s going to be a really, really good performance because I put all the time in and did everything right.

“One of the problems with people making comebacks is that they don’t put the time in,” he said. “You don’t know what is going to happen, and so I literally made this list to make sure I did everything I needed to do to get ready.”

 Stewart would have fought a month ago, but for him, he wanted to approach his return smartly and with care. He isn’t planning on going in and fighting once, he wants to continue and be the best he can be.

 “Some guys they come back and they get $1,000 or $1,500 for the fight, but they don’t do all the preparation, and they don’t have a career afterwards because of all the damage they take,” he said. “I want to keep fighting.”

People can purchase tickets for Saturday’s fight at Newport Café. Doors open at Chinook Winds Casino Resort at 5 p.m., and fights start at 6 p.m.

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