Posted 4/8/07 11:45:00AM
Sam Stout now finds his own openings.
Five months after the untimely death of his trainer and brother-in-law, Shawn Tompkins, the 27-year-old fighter listens to several voices as he engages a sparring partner.
Before, he had to rely on only one.
"As much as I wish he was here every day, it's been a good camp," Stout recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I've really found a strength inside myself to be a little more self-motivated and be a little more independent, as opposed to relying on Shawn to tell me what to do."
Stout (17-6-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) plans to bring longtime teammate Mark Hominick and a jiu-jitsu coach to his fight with Thiago Tavares (16-4-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC) at UFC 142, which takes place Saturday at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The main card airs on pay-per-view, and the prelims, including Stout's bout, air on FX.
Posted 3/24/07 5:29:00PM
Should be interesting to see how this plays out.
Posted 1/6/10 12:05:00PM
It's a great idea for Stout to work on tdd and sub d, but I am expecting Tavares to trade with him. His stand up is very good, he just gets caught and dropped a bit easier than most. I hope he keeps it standing though, because it should be a very exciting match.