A guy nicknamed "Hands of Stone" using wrestling? An armbar submission attempt?
An interesting development for Sam Stout, a fighter who has spent 90 percent of his MMA career on his feet striking (according to Fight Metric).
But Stout's lightweight bout against Caros Fodor at UFC 157 on Saturday still came down to -- shocker! -- striking. Stout won a split decision over Fodor, with two judges scoring it 29-28 in the Canadian's favor. Fodor won one judge's card, 29-28.
"I tried to show more BJJ, I’ve been training BJJ for 10 years but never show it and I wanted to show I’m a total MMA fighter," Stout said. "It was a tough fight and I thought I won rounds two and three.”
Stout (20-8-1) was considered by judges to be the more effective striker as he mixed in good body shots. Fodor (7-3), making his UFC debut, was successful with the jab, as well as other punches. But Stout's ability to take a punch and continue moving forward kept the bout in his favor.
"I thought I won rounds two and three," Fodor said. "I tried my best, I caught him with some big shots but he’s tough. It was very close, I don’t feel robbed."