Sam Stout Officially Retires From MMA

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On this evening’s edition of UFC Tonight Ariel Helwani relayed the news that Sam Stout has officially retired from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).

In a night where many believed Stout might hang them up after his third straight KO loss, the news that night was his opponent Frankie Perez, a young prospect just entering the UFC, entered retirement in his post-fight speech.

Stout has been a mainstay in the UFC’s lightweight division for over nine years. Following a KO loss to Frankie Perez at UFC Fight Night 74, Stout has called an end to his fighting career. Since his first-ever knockout loss in his career to KJ Noons, Stout has been knocked out in his next two fights, going on a three-fight skid for the first time in his career.

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Stout released a statement on his retirement on UFC Tonight:

“It has become clear to me that I am no longer able to compete at the highest level of mixed martial arts. Competing, as a UFC fighter for the last 10 years has been something I will always look back on with great pride…

“…I think my best days as a fighter are behind me and it would be a risk to my legacy and my health to continue competing. Therefore I would like to announce my retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts.”

Following three heavy knockouts, did Stout get out of MMA a little too late, or did he pick the right time?