Stout confident going into pivotal fight

Sam Stout (16-6-1) has won three of his last four bouts. The London fighter takes on Yves Edwards...

Sam Stout (16-6-1) has won three of his last four bouts. The London fighter takes on Yves Edwards in UFC 131 in Vancouver. (Stan Behal, QMI Agency)

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:15 PM ET

LONDON, ONT. - Another fight, another key moment in Sam Stouts career.

The pressure is nothing new for one of Londons best-known mixed martial artists.

It seems every time he fights, hes battling not only to win but to climb another rung in his career.

On Saturday, Stout takes on Yves Edwards at UFC 131 in Vancouver. A win and Stout moves well up in the UFCs lightweight picture.

A loss . . . well, Stout doesnt think about that.

Im really confident, Stout said from Las Vegas, where hes been training.

Im in the best shape of my life. I dont see any reason why I cant go out and dominate

this fight.

Stout has made a good run of it. Hes a popular fighter in the UFC because he leaves everything in the ring. Hes won the fight-of-the-night bonus several times, allowing him to invest in the Adrenaline Training Centre in London along with Chris Horodecki and main owner Mark Hominick.

But as Stout knows, that was then. This is now and the picture is getting crowded at the UFCs 155-pound division.

Its a very important fight because of all the addition of the new guys to UFC at 155 with the addition of Strikeforce and WEC. Its a tough time, Stout said. A lot of guys are trying to keep their spots and Im one of them. I need to go out and perform well.

Stout said he cant remember the last time he felt as good physically and mentally.

Theres a lot of tough guys in this division but a good dominant win over a guy like Yves Edwards, who has been in the sport for so long, will show what Im made of and show that I am a UFC contender, Stout said.

Stout has had some time off dealing with an injury. His last fight was Oct. 23, when he won a decision over Paul Taylor.

Since then, hes helped Hominick get ready for his UFC featherweight title fight in April in Toronto and in turn, it has helped him get ready for this bout.

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I think the fact I havent fought in so long made me a hungrier to fight, Stout said. I havent been in there in so long Im anxious to get in there.

On top of that, the fact Mark had that huge fight, I wanted to get behind him so I started my training camp really early to be there for Mark and be a good training partner for him. I just kept my camp rolling. Rather than starting eight weeks out and going from zero to 100, I started 10, 11 weeks out and sort of eased into it and that was a lot better for me.

Stout, (Hands of Stone) is 16-6-1 and has won three of his last four bouts. Edwards is a veteran with an MMA record of 40-16-1.

Stout has been a main card pay-per-view combatant several times. This time he is on the main undercard, a bout that will be shown on Spike TV before the 9 p.m. pay-per-view card starts.

Stout likes the position.

This one is a solid spot on Spike TV, Stout said. Most people who watch pay-per-view watch Spike. A lot only watch the Spike because its free. It goes out to millions of people so a lot of people see you, he said.

Its a good time to be a member of the Adrenaline Training Centre. Stout, Horodecki and Hominick are all getting good fights and the exposure has been tremendous.

Hominick had a tremendous bout against Jose Aldo. Earlier in April, Horodecki won big in Orillia. Now its Stouts turn in Vancouver.

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