The only lightweight fight on tonight's UFC 161 event from Winnipeg, Canada pits lightweight veteran Sam Stout (20-8-1, 8-7 UFC) against the debuting James Krause.(19-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Stout was originally scheduled to face Isaac Vallie-Flagg, but a back injury forced Isaac off the card.
Krause has won 7 straight fights and has deservedly earned a UFC call-up. Stout has never put together any sort of consistency in his performances but he's still a tough gatekeeper in one of the sport's best divisions. The UFC 161 prelims on FX kick off at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT and lead into the main card on PPV at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Stout: 29 years old | 5'9" | 70" reach
Krause: 27 years old | 6'2" | 75" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
It's been just over two years since Stout recorded a 1st round KO of Yves Edwards, marking the first time "Hands of Stone" had ever won by KO in the UFC. He's been a UFC mainstay since 2006 and a frequent recipient of the FOTN bonus. What Stout has lacked is consistency, as he's yet to win 3 in a row in the UFC and is 2-2 in his last 4, with wins over Caros Fodor and Spencer Fisher and losses to Thiago Tavares and John Makdessi. Stout's style is tailored towards his boxing, which may not be powerful, but has certainly proven troublesome for many of his previous opponents.
Krause got off to a flying start in his MMA career, winning his first 10 pro fights and signing with the WEC. His WEC career was short, as he lost to Donald Cerrone and Ricardo Lamas and was released from the promotion. After some mixed results in the immediate months after his release, Krause went on a tear in Resurrection Fighting Alliance, winning 5 in a row and avenging a Bellator loss to Toby Imada with a decision win in RFA. He's clearly "resurrected" his career and is deservedly in the UFC with his recent winning streak.
Why should you care?
I'm not sure Krause can be called a "prospect" with 23 fights under his belt, but he was considered one of the better talents not yet in the UFC. Can he pull off a minor upset and defeat the veteran Sam Stout? It's one of the better fights on an otherwise unremarkable event.