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UFC 161: Stout Looking to Build “Momentum”

Kelsey Mowatt

Sam Stout

Of course most people think of Georges St. Pierre when discussing Canadian fighters–he’s done pretty well for himself–but another of that country’s most experienced Octagon combatants is Sam Stout. Although Stout is only 29 years old, the lightweight has been competing in the UFC since 2006, and at UFC 161 he’ll record his 16th bout with the promotion. It’s crazy how time flies.

While Stout is popular with many fans, due to his aggressive style and involvement in several epic battles (see Fisher vs. Stout 1, 11, or 111), he’s been unable to win three straight bouts during his time with the UFC. Having worked his way to a split decision win over Caros Fodor at UFC 157 in February, however, Stout is looking to put a run together. While speaking to MMA recently, the rugged vet relayed the following about his tilt Saturday with James Krause, which will go down in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in front of a partisan Canuck crowd.

“The fact I’m fighting at home and that he’s on my turf and it’s his first fight in the UFC, I think that’s going to give me another advantage. “I’m trying to start building some momentum. Coming off the win in the last one, it was a tough one, but I got the win. I’m feeling real healthy for this one. I’m feeling really good.”

Stout was scheduled to fight Isaac Vallie-Flagg at UFC 161, but after the Strikeforce vet was forced to withdraw due to back and hip injuries, Krause was tapped to make his UFC debut. When asked for his thoughts on Krause,  Stout admitted he did’t know much about the vet but that “Any time you fight a guy who’s 6-foot-2 at 155 pounds guys – I think that’s big biggest threat honestly.”

Krause will arrive in the UFC having won five straight bouts and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Toby Imada, while competing for Resurrection Fighting Alliance in January.

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