It turns out UFC Fight Night 74 will (likely) mark the end of both Frankie Perez’s and Sam Stout’s career, as now the latter has also announced he’s hanging up the gloves.
As you probably heard, Perez took out Stout at the August 23rd event, and then proceeded to announce he’s retiring from fighting. Well, now, just over a week later, Stout has also done the same.
In a follow up story from UFC.com, Stout had this to say about his decision:
“I would have liked to go out on a high note, but that’s pretty rare in this sport,” said Stout. “The first knockout loss with KJ, I said to myself, okay, KJ has knocked out some very tough guys, and that’s his thing; he’s a great boxer. The same thing with Ross Pearson. But after the third time, it’s not that Frankie Perez doesn’t know how to throw a punch, but he’s more of a grappler, so I got knocked out by a submission guy. Three in a row, I don’t want to risk my health. I’ve got a daughter to think about, and sometimes you just gotta know when to hang ‘em up.”
Considering Stout has been stopped in three consecutive fights, this news likely doesn’t come as a shock. That said, Stout is just 31 and before these defeats, he had never been TKO’d or knocked out.
In fact, during Stout’s career he forged a reputation for having an iron chin, which is one of the reasons why he competed in six fight of the nights…
Some of the Canadian’s highlights included his thrilling, three fight series with Spencer Fisher, which saw Stout win two of three. In 2011, Stout made highlight reels by knocking out Yves Edwards, and he collected knockout of the night in doing so.
“Hands of Stone” fought in the Octagon 22 times, and retires armed with a record of 20-12-1.
So, in a span of a couple of weeks, the UFC has seen several fighters retire. In addition to Perez and Stout, Jordan Mein and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira have hung up the gloves.