If you didn’t already know, Sam Stout withdrew from his fight against Dennis Siver at UFC 137 earlier this week. It wasn’t exactly clear why Stout withdrew, but most suspected Shawn Tompkins’ untimely death was the reason
It turns out they were right. As Stout explained on The MMA Show with Mauro Ranallo (via CagePotato) yesterday, he needs to take a step back and figure out where to go for his training before he gets back in the Octagon.
“Shawn has been my coach since I got into the sport. I’ve never had a fight, dating back to my kickboxing career…I’ve never had a fight, without him training me for it and without him being in my corner…I’m not one of these guys who’s jumped around from coach to coach over the years and trained with lots of people,” he says. “He’s taught me really everything I know about mixed martial arts. And not only that, he was a lot more than that to me. He was a brother and a trusted friend and confidant and really, my mentor. Definitely the most influential person in my life. I’m going to have to wait for the dust to settle a little bit before I’m ready to get back in there and figure out what I’m going to do in terms of coaching. I’m really just unsure of what I’m going to do right now.We’ve discussed it and you’re going to see some changes being made to the team, but we don’t think Shawn would have wanted us to all go join other teams. He would have wanted us to stick together.”
Stout says that Chris Horodecki is also going to pull out of his upcoming fight in Sept., but he thinks Mark Hominick is going to stay on the UFC 140 card in Toronto (his participation hasn’t been reported yet).
It was announced yesterday that Donald Cerrone would replace Stout at UFC 137.
Unfortunately, Tompkins death wasn’t the only one to rock the MMA community this month. Jake Shields’ father and manager, Jack Shields, also unexpectedly passed away. Graciefighter.com broke the sad news yesterday with a message from Jake.
“lost my father manager and one of my best friends today!! R.I.P jack you will be greatly missed and loved by many”
I don’t think anyone would blame him if he withdrew from his UFC Fight Night 25 headlining bout against Jake Ellenberger in three weeks, however MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani has received word that Shields will stay on the card.