UFC Vet Sam Stout to Rising Fighters: Money “Goes a lot Faster Than You Think”
Lightweight Ready to Battle KJ Noons
By Kelsey Mowatt
After joining the UFC in 2006, and competing in several of the promotion’s more memorable wars since, Sam Stout isn’t planning on maximizing his fight card in 2014. The rugged vet continues to prepare for an April 16th fight with KJ Noons, and after he participates in his 31st pro bout, Stout says it could be time for a break.
“I’ll probably fight a little less this year,” Stout relayed on a recent episode of Full Contact Fighter Radio. “I’m kind of going to do this one and then decide, you know, what I want to do after that. I’ll probably take a little time off.”
Last year Stout stepped into the Octagon on three occasions, and after scoring a split decision over Caros Fodor in February, he was tapped out by James Krause in June. In December, the 29 year-old closed out the year by handing Cody McKenzie a unanimous decision loss. The bouts were the 28th, 29th and 30th of Stout’s decade plus career.
“I’ve got a couple little, no serious injuries, but general soreness, and I think it’s time to give my body a little break,” Stout noted. “I’ve been fairly active in the last little while and I might take a few months off.”
While the issue of fighter compensation continues to grab headlines, fortunately Stout isn’t in a financial position where he needs to fight every three or four months. Not only has the Canadian won seven fight night awards during his run with the UFC, but he’s part owner of the Adrenaline MMA gym.
“I’ve been trying to be as smart as possible with my money,” said Stout. “Put it away in the right places and save it for a rainy day too. That always helps, and obviously the bonuses have been a big help for me. It’s one of the things I always tell the up-and-coming guys is put it away, don’t go spending it all, because it goes a lot faster than you think.”
Over the years, Stout consistently traveled to Las Vegas to help him prepare for his next bout. More recently, however, Stout has been relying on the growing talent pool that trains closer to his London, Ontario base.
“Yeah; it’s been great, we don’t have to go nearly as far to get good sparring partners, good training partners,” said Stout, who operates the Adrenaline gym alongside longtime teammates Mark Hominick and Chris Horodecki. “So it’s been really good…we had a chance to go down to Chicago as well, which is a little bit further, but it was good to work with Pat Curran and Jeff Curran, all the Team Curran guys out there. So we’ve been getting lots of good looks and good training.”
“We’ve been kind of floating around a little bit, which is always kind of nice to break it up,” furthered Stout, who’s also spent time training with Mitch Gagnon, Chad Laprise and Elias Theodorou as the TUF Nations Finale approaches. “Sometimes you kind of get into a rhythm when you’re working with the same guys, day in and day out. Sometimes it’s nice to get into a different atmosphere and kind of shake things up a little bit.”
Stay tuned for another article featuring Stout and his thoughts on his upcoming fight with Noons.
The TUF Nations Finale will be hosted by the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec.