Sam Stout will return to the UFC in January to face Terry Etim at UFC 80 reports The Fight Network:
TKO lightweight champion Sam Stout confirmed Sunday he will return to the UFC in January. According to Stout (12-3-1), his opponent will be Liverpool, England native Terry Etim (10-1).
Stout revealed he has been in discussions with the UFC to appear in the promotion’s January show in Newcastle, England. The UFC is reportedly eying Jan. 19 and 26 as potential dates for the event.
“Right after my last match with Spencer [Fisher], Dana told me that if they ever have a problem finding an opponent for me, they’ve always got Stout-Fisher III in their back pocket,” Stout said.
Throughout his career Stout has gone back-and-forth between the UFC and TKO. He debuted in the octagon at UFC 58 in early 2006 defeating Spencer Fisher by split decision. In his next fight he was defeated by lightweight contender Kenny Florian on the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 3. After several victories in TKO he returned to the UFC but lost a rematch with Spencer Fisher by decision. In September Stout successfully defended his TKO title with a first-round TKO win over Martin Grandmont.
Etim was victorious in his UFC debut defeating Matt Grice by submission at UFC 70. In his next fight Etim fought to a unanimous decision loss, the first loss of his career, against Gleison Tibau at UFC 75. He enters the fight against Stout with a 10-1 career MMA record.
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