Sam Stout walked to the cage tonight with a lot on his mind, his first trip to the cage without his coach, friend and brother-in-law Shawn Tompkins, much like his Team Tompkins partner Mark Hominick he failed to produce the goods without “The Coach”.
But unlike Hominick he wasn’t knocked out in the blink of an eye he fought a hard fifteen minutes – Tavares came in early searching for takedowns and placing the Canadian on his back repeatedly.
The next two frames he played the game of Stout in a kick boxing match that produced fireworks. Most fight fans watching live on FX believed that “Hands of Stone” scored the final two rounds.
The main round in debate was a closely contested second stanza – Tavares was seeking the takedown early before but Stout was quick to stuff them keeping the bout standing where both exchanged firepower with Tavares stalking while he kept him at bay with his effective leg kicking and counter-striking.
Here’s what they had to say post-fight coming off this c...