Stout finds success in octagon

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 6:42 PM ET

Sam Stout's star continues to rise in the mixed martial arts UFC.

The London native scored big time in his lightweight bout win on the weekend over Joe Lauzon, one of the better fighters in that class.

Not only did he win a unanimous decision at the high profile UFC event in Las Vegas but also Hands of Stone earned his third fight-of-the-night bonus for his win. In Saturday's bout, it earned Stout an extra $50,000 U.S. His total purse including a win bonus was $74,000.00 U.S.

In a sport where entertainment rules, it's a great record to have.

Stout ran his UFC record to 4-4 and overall record to 16-5-1.

Lauzon is known for his ground game and cut Stout with an elbow early on the ground. Lauzon took Stout down a couple of times but Stout fought his way back up and pounded away, clearly winning the bout.

"Great job Sam," Lauzon posted on his Twitter feed. "You whooped my ass tonight. I thought I had the Kimura in the first round and thought it was over ... but you had other plans. Your standup was crisp and your cardio was way better than mine. I could hear your corner calling out stuff and still couldn't deal with it."

Both fighters were coming off long layoffs. Lauzon had knee surgery and last fought in February. Stout was supposed to fight Phillipe Nover in September, but Nover had a seizure in the dressing room just before the scheduled fight.

Stout spent an extra day in Vegas relaxing after his win and have "a little fun in Vegas." He's now back in London and plans to take at least a week away from the gym.

Stout operates Adrenaline Training Centre along with Mark Hominick and Chris Horodecki, two other mixed martial arts fighters.

"I'll be a little sore. I won't do anything for a week. Then I'll probably get back at it in two or three weeks." Stout said.

Stout said the only time he was hurt was early when he was cut.

"The cut was bleeding into my eye and I had a little trouble seeing for a while," he said. "So I had blood in one eye and he kind of punched in the other eye. I saw two or three of him for a while."

Shawn Tompkins, who runs Team Tompkins and has been training the 25-year-old since he began fighting, was in his corner Saturday. Three days later, Tompkins, now based in Las Vegas, was still hoarse from shouting instructions.

"It was a big win for Sam," Tompkins said from Las Vegas. "He's been around the UFC for a while and this fight was a big step up for him. Lauzon is a good fighter and people will take notice of the win."

Tompkins has trained Stout since Stout began fighting. Stout is known as a standup fighter, a strong striker and it has led to some big UFC battles.

The UFC is about entertainment and even when Stout was on a losing streak, his bouts were entertaining and well worth the price of admission. His last two bouts earned him fight-of-the-night bonuses. Tompkins isn't worried the all-out, entertaining style of fighting will take its toll on Stout.

"He really takes care of himself all the time," Tompkins said. "He's in great shape. He doesn't abuse his body. We're really careful with him."

Stout understands his style takes a toll in his body.

"I realize that I'm not going to be the Randy Couture-type guy that fights until I'm 45 but that's my style. It makes for exciting fights though," Stout said. "I realize that what it comes down to is you want the win first. But it's a business, too, and we're in the entertainment business so you want to put on an entertaining fight."

Stout has impressed UFC boss Dana White.

"He looked great," White was quoted as saying. "He fought a tough guy who came to win. I'm happy with Sam Stout."

Tompkins believes Stout's performance will earn him high-profile fights.

"We're hoping he'll be on the UFC card in Montreal in May," Tompkins said.

Stout is evolving into a more complete fighter. He was always a deadly striker, but he has improved his ground game and defence.

"(I've evolved) big time," Stout said. "People think I'm only a striker but I tell people all the time 'just because I don't fight on the ground doesn't mean I don't know how to.' I have fun when I stand up and bang away. It's more fun for me. It's more fun for the people who watch. That's just the way I fight."

To the extreme pleasure of the extreme UFC and its extreme fans.


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