Are you pumped? I know I am. UFC 113 and the highly anticipated rematch between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida are upon us and the buzz is electric.
Throw in the welterweight showdown between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley—for a shot at champion Georges St. Pierre—and the PPV debut of street fighting sensation Kimbo Slice, and Saturday night is sure to be entertaining.
But the fight that I feel can steal the whole show is the lightweight battle between hungry up-and-comers Jeremy Stephens and Sam Stout.
Now my young friend, Mr. Whittemore , seems to believe that Sam Stout is going to have the upper hand and will emerge victorious, but I’m not buying it.
So, for this edition of “Creature vs. Creature,” I will lay out to you and young Mr. Whittmore why it will be Jeremy Stephens and not Sam Stout who will have his hand raised at the end of this fight.
First off, don’t expect to see a display of grappling brilliance between these two. Stephens and Stout are bangers, and between them they have 21 knockout victories to their credit.
These guys aren’t coming into the cage to get the takedown and grind their way to a lackluster decision. They will be looking to finish and do so in spectacular fashion.
While Stout is undoubtedly the more technical striker of the two, it’s not always about technique once that cage door slams shut. It’s about who wants it more. It’s about who refuses to quit.
Jeremy Stephens is as tough and as hard as they come. He just doesn’t quit; he always comes forward and always looks the press the action.
Combine his tenacity and toughness with the fact the he has never been knocked out, and Stephens is a scary matchup for anyone. Oh, and did I mention 76 percent of his wins have come via TKO or KO?
Yeah, the kid is not only tough as nails, but he has dynamite in both hands.
Stephens will win this fight because he is going to dictate the action and pace with his aggression and power. Stout is a talented fighter but I think Stephen’s whirlwind, throw-from-the-heels style will be too much for the Canadian native.
I don’t see this fight ending early, as Stout has never been knocked out either, but Stephens will out work his way to a unanimous decision victory and Fight of the Night honors.
Disagree? Then, take a look at Colton Whittemore’s take on what will go and why he feels Sam Stout will win this exciting and intriguing matchup.