Happy Warrior: Local MMA fighter Nathan Stearns goes pro

Local athlete Nathan Stearns, 23, made his professional MMA debut during Cage of Honor 78 at the A.C. Brase Arena Building Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. In the weeks leading up to the fight, he poured himself into training, often rising at 2 a.m. to get a run in before starting his day job at Hardee's. In the end, it paid off. In a literal sense, he finally received a payout for participating in the headline bout and when he won, the announcer said the words he'd waited years to hear: undefeated professional.