After 33 professional fights, London’s Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout (20-12-1) is retiring.
The 31-year-old announced the news Wednesday and it comes a day after heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s a
Stout lost his last three bouts via TKO, including his last fight to 26-year-old rookie Frankie Perez, who shockingly announced his own retirement after the fight. The writing was on the wall.
At the end of the day, Stout will be remembered as an exciting welterweight who liked to stand and bang via his Muay Thai striking. His trilogy fight with Spencer Fisher was a big part in the collection of seven Fight-of-the-Night bonuses. An upset win over prospect Yves Edwards secured an additional knockout-of-the-nght bonus.
Stout competed in a competitive welterweight era where hall-of-famers like Matt Hughes, and Georges St-Pierre ruled with an iron fist. He did not fight for the title but his success, along with colleagues Mark Hominick, Mark Bocek, Sean Pierson and Rory MacDonald helped usher in a new generation of Canadian fighters. They will all be remembered for ushering in a new era of Canadian fighters when mixed martial arts was still banned in many parts of Canada.
And just like his late coach and brother-in-law Shawn Tompkins, Stout intends to join the coaching ranks, passing on his knowledge and experiences to the next generation.
The Hands of Stone are the last things to go.