Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Bloody Elbow previews all 12 fights from tonight's UFC 157 PPV in Anaheim, including a lightweight encounter between Canadian veteran Sam Stout and Strikeforce import Caros Fodor.
It's a UFC vs. Strikeforce matchup in the lightweight division, as longtime UFC veteran Sam Stout (18-8-1 MMA, 7-7 UFC) fights Strikeforce talent Caros Fodor (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Believe it or not, Stout is the younger fighter here by one year.
Fodor's nickname is "The Future", and he certainly showed some promise in Strikeforce, but Stout might be his toughest test yet. The FX broadcast kicks off at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT and serves as a lead-in to the PPV broadcast at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Stout: 28 years old | 5'9" | 70" reach
Fodor: 29 years old | 5'9" | 74" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Stout is nicknamed "Hands of Stone" but he has shown that only once in his UFC career, a knockout win over Yves Edwards. Nevertheless he is a staple of the UFC's lightweight division solely for his entertaining fights, which has earned him FOTN honors four times. His most famous win came against Spencer Fisher in 2005, and it spawned a trilogy between those two, with Stout taking 2 of the 3 bouts. Stout has never won three straight UFC fights, and his recent loss to John Makdessi furthers his consistency problems.
Fodor comes over from Strikeforce having won 5 out of 6 fights, but that one loss came in his last fight against Pat Healy. He fought most of his early pro fights in the Pacific Northwest in his home state of Washington, where his brother Phoenix Jones (Ben Fodor) is more noted for his "superhero" status. Caros was slated to fight Josh Thomson last September, but that Strikeforce card was canceled and now Fodor is in the UFC looking to get back on the winning track.
Why should you care?
Stout is normally up for a fun scrap and Fodor is an intriguing talent coming out of Matt Hume's camp in Seattle. This should be a good fight no matter where it takes place.