Chance encounter leads to change in weight for UFC lightweights Stout, Noons
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 04:00 am
QUEBEC CITY, Que. - It started with a chance encounter in the hotel.
K.J. Noons saw Sam Stout's corner and thought they were dogging him. When he asked them what was up, they asked him if he would fight at a catchweight.
The fight was scheduled at lightweight (155 pounds). After the UFC and Quebec athletic commission approved their joint request, the fighters met instead at welterweight (170).
Noons weighed in at 168 pounds while Stout was 169 pounds. It essentially meant the two fighters did not have to go through their final, drastic weight cut.
"Turned out good for me," said Noons, who knocked Stout out in just 30 seconds Wednesday night. "I felt great at 170."
Stout, a native of London, Ont., who was knocked out for the first time in his career, fell to 21-10-1.
Noons improved to 12-6 while picking up an extra US$50,000 for performance of the night.
UFC president Dana White called the joint change in weight class "an odd thing that doesn't happen a lot."
"I'm not opposed to it happening in this case here but it's definitely not a trend we want to start."
When one fighter misses weight, he has to forfeit part of his purse to his opponent. It's rare both fighters agree to a change in weight class in advance.