The regional circuit in the United Kingdom continues to shine, with the talent coming through the amateur ranks improving tremendously. In this article series, I will be showcasing the next generation of talent you can expect to see on the big stage, starting with Mark Ewen.
The success of the new wave of athletes coming through is highly down to the fighters, even at amateur level, training and carrying themselves like professional fighters.
One man who has done precisely that is Higher Level MMA athlete Mark Ewen. Mark Ewen’s transition to the professional circuit has been a breeze thus far going (2-0), with two vicious stoppages. That’s down to the professionalism of the Scotsman in the latter stages of his amatuer career.
Mark Ewen’s competitive MMA journey began in 2016 when debuting in his backyard of Falkirk at Headhunters FC. Mark Ewen made short work of his opponent, finishing Ian Davis and collecting his first victory inside the Octagon. With the first victory under his belt, he wasn’t wasting any time soaking up as much experience as possible.
Fourteen days after his first win as an amatuer, Ewen defeated Scot Micheal Whiteford in the second round by TKO.
Two stoppages victories within the same month set the tone for Mark Ewen. Which showed everybody around him the young man’s potential within the sport.
The Valuable Lessons
It’s not all been plain-sailing for Mark Ewen as his record may suggest. Following the quick victories, 2016/17 didn’t go as planned for the twenty-three-year-old. However, If you ask Ewen himself, I bet that period in his early amatuer career is where he learned valuable lessons to continue his development as a fighter.
2016/17 saw Ewen drop three consecutive fights, two unanimous decisions and one submission. This perhaps could have played a considerable part in Ewen’s success today by feeling the disappointment of defeat early on. The amatuer circuit is there for that exact reason. To ensure you gain as much experience as you can by putting yourself in uncomfortable positions time and time again.
It’s clear to see whatever Ewen took from the losses certainly shaped him into a better fighter. Since then, he has remained undefeated in twelve fights, dating from 2017-to 2021. That is an individual who has dialled himself in and stayed committed to the craft.
From 2017 to 2020, Ewen cruised through the amateur scene, showcasing there is nothing one dimensional about his game. He provided spectators with the joy of watching him develop his toolbox as a mixed martial artist. Ewen closed off his amatuer journey with a nine-fight win streak, accumulating a handful of submission and TKO victories in the process.
The Real Deal
In 2021, Mark Ewen leapt to the professional ranks and instantly it was certain he wouldn’t be competing on the regional shows for long.
The Higher Level MMA prospect met Michael Blair on his debut at Holytown Havoc. A fight that had Scottish MMA fans locked in as two of the countries rising prospects met early in their careers. There was somewhat of a twist. Mark Ewen was essentially fighting in enemy territory due to the event’s promoter being Chris Bungard, a teammate of Michael Blair. With most of the spectators in attendance against Ewen, he remained unfazed and left the General Motors Club with a round two TKO victory.
Just like his amatuer career, Ewen started his professional career active. One month after his professional debut, Almighty Fighting Championship hosted a lightweight matchup between two countries touted prospects at their weight. Mark Ewen vs. Tom Mullen. Many had written off the Scotsman beforehand, and he found himself in some measure, enemy territory yet again. With the crowd against him, Ewan remained calm, eventually stopping Tom Mullen by TKO in round two. The victory moved Ewen to 2-0 as a pro.
The sky is the limit for Mark Ewen, who looks to be destined for success. The calmness and composure to be always willing to take the most challenging fights, and dive headfirst into uncomfortable positions speaks volumes to the fighter he is. Not to forget, he has displayed the skillset and the work ethic to go with it. Watch him while you still can.