There is something to be said about a man who is willing to admit his mistakes and accept his flaws. Such self awareness leads to success.
Sam Stout was willing to take constructive criticism and it led to a win. Stout was known for his stand-up game. If you go toe-to-toe, standing up with Stout, chances are you will lose that fight. But put him on the canvass and he is an easy finish.
He is a less-talented version of Melvin Guillard. But at least Stout has worked on improving his craft.
Stout won a match-up against Spencer Fisher largely due to an improved ground game. Fisher was outpointing him on the feet.
“Really, what everyone tries to do is get their opponents to fight their fight,” Stout said. “I’ll be the first one to admit: He was winning the standup exchanges. So it was time to change something up.
“He was a split-second faster than me on the punches. He was moving forward the whole time. I was losing the standup exchanges. So I changed levels and took him down … and won the fight. I don’t think there’s any dishonor in that. There was definitely no unspoken agreement to keep the fight up.”
Stout admitted Joe Rogan’s criticism of his limits as a fighter motivated him.
The knowledgeable MMA commentator said Stout was easy to prepare for, that Stout was an incomplete fighter. If you get the fight to the ground Stout is easily finished.
“I decided to go out there and do something about that in this fight,” Stout told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “My wrestling game is something that I’ve been working on for a long time, and my jiu-jitsu game. I’ve been saying that for a long time, but I’ve never really shown it.”
In the UFC, growth and development is required, take notes Mr. Guillard.