by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
Nearing the final days of the International Fight League, one of the athletes who had begun to show vast improvement since his debut with the promotion was Team Quest light heavyweight Aaron Stark.
Much like his teammates, Stark had come from a wrestling background and had slowly but surely become more adept at the complete MMA game, leading to his current four-fight winning streak capped off by a victory at this past Friday’s Sportfight event in Portland, Ore.
“It was kind of like a slow, methodical beating for three rounds,” said Stark of his Friday win over Ron Fields.
“I choked him out with like 13 seconds left in the fight. Prior to that it was a bunch of take downs and some ground and pound.”
Stark’s comfort level as he becomes more of a veteran fighter helped contribute to the dominating performance he had at Sportfight.
“It was actually a good fight for me because I was able to relax,” he stated. “Getting that clarity during a fight – instead of it just being a blur of action – I think that has something to do with it.”
Having won seven of his last nine bouts, Stark is looking to become a valuable addition to a promotion’s 205-pound weight division by doing it the only way he knows how, hard work and perseverance.
“Some guys seem to be like they put self promotion above fighting, and I’m not that way,” he admitted.
“Fighting is most important to me, so all I know to do is go out there, bang heads for whatever show has me, get the wins and hopefully one way or the other somebody will notice and I’ll get my chance.”
With a strong passion for fighting, and a winning streak under his belt, it could be just a matter of time before Stark gets a shot at a bigger promotion in need of light heavyweight help.
“I love the fans; anyone that’s a fan of MMA I’m a fan of them,” closed out Stark. “I’m a fan person first and foremost; I definitely appreciate them.
“I love being out there fighting and competing, and being in front of the crowd. I love the sport, being in there, banging heads and seeing which guy is the better warrior that night.”