UFC 161 results recap: James Krause vs. Sam Stout

Photo via Esther Lin of MMA Fighting

Krause made a big splash in his UFC debut with a dominant performance over Stout. His slick striking and last minute submission earned him both the Fight of the Night and Submission of the night bonus to top it off.

Lightweight James Krause made his UFC debut on the FX prelims of UFC 161 with a break out performance and submission win over veteran Sam Stout. 7 years into his UFC career, Stout fell to 8-8.

Krause established his striking superiority early with excellent use of his reach advantage. He used a long jab and kicks that kept Stout from ever setting a rhythm of his own. He busted open a cut over Stout's right eye in the first round with a well placed head kick. From then on the fight was all Krause. Late in the final round, with Stout's blood covering the mat, Krause countered a takedown with a guillotine choke. He got the tap with only 15 seconds left on the clock.

What was the high point of this fight?

First the high kick that landed in the first round and opened up Stout's head. Then, the guillotine choke that finished the fight. Great show from Krause to still look for the finish despite clearly winning the fight and being seconds away from a decision.

Where do they go from here?

Picking up a finish over an established UFC is exactly how every prospect wants to make their UFC debut and Krause pulled it off. He's definitely not ready for the top of the division, but he did show that he's ready to be tested. In the meantime, he'll need to find a way to spend both his fight night bonuses.

Stout has always been a mid-tier gatekeepers and this loss doesn't change that. There are still plenty of guys on the roster that he'll beat and plenty that will get past him. I fully expect him to truck along in his gatekeeper roll.

Watch it now, never, or later?

Krause put on one of the better performances of the night and you'll want to check it out.


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