Rogan's comments changed game plan for Sam Stout

by Steven Marrocco | source:

Sam Stout remembers very clearly what Joe Rogan said during a recent fight.

The longtime UFC commentator said Stout was an easy fighter to train for because he fought the same way every time. Basically, opponents knew he liked to strike, and knew he was more vulnerable on the mat.

So when Stout (19-7-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) bucked that trend in a rubber match with Spencer Fisher (25-9 MMA, 9-8 UFC) at this past Friday's UFC on FX 4, he had Rogan's statement in mind – and also, Fisher's more accurate punches.

"I decided to go out there and do something about that in this fight," Stout told 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."

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Reggie Warren Jr site profile image  

7/1/12 3:39 AM by Reggie Warren Jr

I actually thought the takedowns made the fight more interesting and without them, I dont think they wouldve received fight of the night bonus. It really wasnt that competitive on the feet and the t-downs made you think, "oh shit...hes got some wrasslin! well played Canadian!" It made it more of a chess match and guessing game of what was coming up next. And if Spencer won, he wouldve made less than 30k for his win bonus(yes, not sure how he's paid so little on his 17th fight), but since Sam waited just long enough to score those takedowns...The scary little wolverine made an extra 50k to help his family! It worked out and Im sure Dana would have Spencer back even if he's been losing lately.  

Dougie site profile image  

7/1/12 3:30 AM by Dougie

 The rules say nothing about having to do anything with a take down. Sam took the rules and made them work for him. That is smart and what a fighter should do if he wants to win. Your desire to have him stand there and bang is not going to change that. Sam is expanding his game. Deal with it.

Dougie site profile image  

7/1/12 3:27 AM by Dougie

 Excellent post by Reggie. Also at the end of the day I hope that Spencer doesn't retire. He's got lots in him. However if he really does, I'd like to see Spencer start an mma promotion of his own. I think he'd do well at it.

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7/1/12 3:16 AM by Reggie Warren Jr

 and if you want to watch something entertaining, check out the defense of Fisher in the 1st round after he gets taken down. I dont think Stout lands a single elbow or strike. he blocks or moves out of the way.

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7/1/12 1:39 AM by sadisticsoldier

Still think he should have lost that fight. The vast majority of the damage Fisher took was at the end of the 3rd. However damage and effectiveness doesn't play a role in MMA judging most of the time. Being on top for a little while apparently is better than getting your ass kicked the rest of the time. Even if you are on top most of the time, such as Mousasi/Lawal, if you are getting your ass kicked you should lose the fight. Lawal looked like a movie monster after that fight.

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6/30/12 11:34 PM by White347LX


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6/30/12 9:03 PM by MarcusRenatoBlackBelt

Rogan affects the judges with his commentary, the fighters' gameplans now are being altered due to Joe Rogan. His imprint on the sport is unparallelled for a commentator. Could you imagine Larry Merchant affecting Floyd Mayweather's Gameplan for a fight? Joe Rogan is great for the sport and his knowledge of grappling and Tae Kwon Do is a benefit for the UFC and their viewers.

Reggie Warren Jr site profile image  

6/30/12 6:14 PM by Reggie Warren Jr

 And there are plenty of fighters in the UFC who dont have a lot of fans and still get fed.

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6/30/12 6:12 PM by Reggie Warren Jr

Yes. This is true to a certain degree, but if you're losing the fight standing in are allowed to transition to another part of mixed martial arts called wrestling. I think Spencer won the fight, but by making it to that cage with everything that went down prior to...he won the fight.  

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6/30/12 4:28 PM by Sandy Pantz

Without fans, he doesn't get fed, so yes, he does owe the fans.