When Sam Stout began the slow walk to the Octagon at UFC 83 he couldn’t believe the crowd noise his home country pumped out for him. It was the loudest and most supportive crowd the young Canadian had ever heard. Fast forward 6 months later and Stout will be on the opposite end of that support at UFC 89 when he faces Terry Etim in Etim’s home country, England this Saturday night.

Many fighters would dread walking into another’s home country to hear the rain of boos, but the always upbeat Stout told MMATraining,

“The benefit to fighting over in England is I don’t have as many distractions. There is one thing to focus on and that’s the fight. Montreal was a great time to finally fight in the UFC in my home country, but at the same time it’s kind of nice to have one thing to focus on.”

Image of Sam Stout courtesy of sportsline.com Stout, (13-4-1) a native of London, Ontario, Canada, split his training time for Etim between his home gym in London and Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. At home, he worked alongside Canadian stars Mark Hominick and Chris Horodecki. In Vegas, he got to work with his long time coach Shawn Tompkins and he was lucky that a number of his training partners also have fights coming up.

“Tyson Griffin is getting ready for Sean Sherk and Gray Maynard is getting ready for Rich Clementi, so that was great.” Both of those fights will take place UFC 90 in Chicago October 25th.

Both Stout and Etim will be hungry to improve their records to .500. Stout is 2-3 inside the UFC and will be looking to get back into the 155 lbs mix. Etim, a native of Liverpool, England is 1-2 (10-2 overall) and will be looking to do the same. If either can string a few wins together inside the stacked lightweight division, they could put themselves right into the heap near the top of the division.

The biggest challenge for Stout may be Etim’s height and length advantage. For 155 lbs, Etim is one of the tallest fighters in the division at 6’1″. Stout is cognizant of this, but thinks he has it figured out.

“It’s always a little tougher fighting a tall lanky guy, but there are some things we’re working on to figure that out. I fought a tall guy 12 months ago in Martin Grandmont at TKO in Montreal, who is the same size and body type as Terry and I managed to knock him out, so hopefully I can do the same to Terry.”