UFC 185: Sam Stout Says He’s “Hungry Again” as Bout With Ross Pearson Nears
By FCF Staff
It’s been nearly a year since Sam Stout last fought, but when he faces Ross Pearson at UFC 185 on Saturday, the lightweight says a renewed and hungry fighter will step into the cage.
Stout hasn’t competed now since April, 2014, when he was knocked out by KJ Noons. It’s been a departure from Stout’s typical schedule, as the 30 year-old fought three times in 2013 and 2012 respectively.
Well, recently Stout spoke with UFC.com about this Saturday’s fight, and the Canadian relayed that for about six months he did very little, intensive training and healed up some “nagging injuries”. The six time, “Fight of the Night” winner also noted:
“I’m hungry again,” Stout said. “Not to make any excuses, but even before my last fight, my heart wasn’t into it. It wasn’t into training, it wasn’t into fighting, I was miserable doing it. And stepping away from it a little bit made me see what I was missing. I was taking it for granted a bit. You’re going to see the old Sam Stout in this fight.”
Prior to facing Noons, Stout (20-10-1) scored a unanimous decision win over Cody McKenzie in December, 2013. Pearson (16-8), meanwhile, is also looking to get back on track, as the British fighter is coming off a stoppage loss to Al Iaquinta in November.
UFC 185 will take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.