Sam Stout picked up a close split decision win over Caros Fodor in their lightweight bout at UFC 157.
In the televised bout of UFC 157, Sam Stout and Caros Fodor didn't exactly put on a masterpiece. A lot of the fight was a battle of attrition in the clinch, with neither man gaining much of an advantage. The first was Stout's for sure, but the second and third could have gone either way. In the end though, Stout pulled out a very close split decision win. The scores were 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28 for the Canadian.
Fodor, as expected, brought the pressure immediately in the first. After some cage clinching, the two traded strikes in the middle. Fodor then got a takedown against the cage. Stout his a nice switch to get up though. They spend a long time working against the cage and battling in the clinch. Stout finally dragged Fodor to the mat. Stout passed to half, then stepped over to mount. Fodor gave up his back and Stout looked for an armbar, but he ran out of time in the round.
The clinch battle continued for a while in round two, but Fodor pushed off and clubbed Stout with a right. Stout was working the body well standing, while Fodor continued to press. Both men were finding a home for single strikes. Fodor landed a lot of low inside leg kicks, but missed with a few takedown attempts.
They clinched up again quickly in the final round and Fodor hit a trip after a minute, but Stout popped right up. Fodor was relentless with his takedown attempts, but he could only get Stout as far as his butt because Stout kept hitting an effective switch. The rest of the round was all clinching, with neither man gaining much of an advantage. Very close fight.