Sam Stout took on Caros Fodor in the first televised preliminary bout at UFC 157. Stout has been an exciting fighter in the past for the organization. Would this bout be just another in a long line of fun fights from the Canadian?
Get ready, get set, go!
Fodor came in early and pressed his adversary. That said, it was Stout who seemed to want the clinch most. Both competitors engaged in clinch work, with Fodor landing knees and Stout some dirty boxing. The two separated, with Fodor landing a hard right hand as he came forward, and Stout nailing his adversary with a combination before getting taken down. However, Stout got up and pressed Fodor into the cage, where he began to land punches via dirty boxing. After a separation and some pretty nice striking by both competitors, Stout once again pressed his adversary into the wall. And after some back and forth struggling, Stout managed to trip his opponent to the canvas. Eventually, this led to the Canadian mounting his opponent. Moments later, Stout took his adversary's back, then went for the armbar to no avail just before the bell tolled.
Stout takes round one.
Fodor pressed forward immediately in round two, forcing a clinch. After a separation, Fodor landed a big right hand, followed by a combination. And the rest of the round saw a variety of striking from both competitors, but Stout's higher level striking really was the story, as he continually utilized stick and move tactics in combination with nice shots to the body. Fodor landed a takedown at the tail end of the round as well.
Still, I'd give that round to Stout. In my opinion, Fodor needs a stoppage in order to win going into the final round.
Fodor ate some body punches and then forced the clinch early in round three. He then netted a very brief takedown. The two clinched again. Soon after, Fodor achieved another takedown. That said, his counterpart was able to get back up with no damage. In the end, Fodor out-struck his opponent in the final round. That plus the takedowns should net him the stanza, but not the fight.
Sam Stout defeats Caros Fodor via split decision.