The transfers from Strikeforce keep on coming, and they are not getting any easy fights as they enter the octagon. Sam Stout will welcome former Strikeforce lightweight Caros Fodor at UFC 157. The card is set to take place on February 23rd in Anaheim, California. The card is headlined by Ronda Rousey’s first title defense against Liz Carmouche, and a light-heavyweight number one contenders bout between Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson is set for the co-main event.
Caros Fodor may only have nine fights under his belt, but the Matt Hume trained fighter is one tough customer. He nearly earned himself a title shot by winning five straight bouts under the Strikeforce banner, but an arm triangle from Pat Healy stopped all of his momentum. Before that loss, Fodor had three impressive fights, which consisted of knockout wins over Justin Wilcox and David Douglas, but a decision win over collegiate wrestler and Cung Le disciple James Terry really showed off his abilities. Fodor is of course the brother to Seattle’s own super hero – Phoenix Jones, but he has much bigger problems to worry about in the form of a Canadian.
Sam Stout has only lost two straight bouts in his career one time, and that was back in 2008. To avoid that happening again he will need a win in this fight. Unfortunately, for Stout he always relied on his striking, but that did not work out so well when John Makdessi out struck him en route to a decision victory. It is also hard to know where Stout’s mind is at considering his main trainer Shawn Tompkins has passed, and now his long time training partner Mark Hominick has retired from MMA. Stout will need to stay sharp if he wants to prove that UFC fighters have the edge over the incoming Strikeforce challengers.