Sam Stout says the allegation that he sent friends to “spy” on UFC 154 opponent John Makdessi’s pre-fight training was a “stupid, ignorant thing for (Makdessi) to put out there into the media.”
In an interview Thursday, Stout told Fighters.com he’s “definitely annoyed” that Makdessi — who won their Lightweight match by unanimous decision on Nov. 17 — would suggest Stout deployed snoops to Montreal’s TriStar Gym to watch Makdessi train.
Stout was referring to Makdessi’s recent comments to BloodyElbow.com, including: “People don’t even realize two of (Stout’s) closest friends…were training at Tristar the whole time I was…. The whole time I was in training camp, they were eyeballing me…. I’m not stupid. I knew that guy was probably going to go back and tell him some tips as to how I trained.”
While it’s true that Stout’s friends Chris Horodecki and Chad Laprise were indeed training at Tristar, they were doing so at the personal invitation of trainer Firas Zahabi.
Stout says Zahabi attended the 2011 funeral of the late fighter Shawn Tompkins — a close friend and training partner of Stout, Horodecki and Laprise — and told them they’d always be welcome at Tristar.
What’s more, Horodecki and Laprise had been working out at Tristar since well before the UFC 154 card had been announced, Stout says.
“They didn’t tell me anything (about Makdessi’s training),” said Stout. “I was studying tapes of his past fights, because that’s the most accurate way to prepare for somebody.”
What particularly bothers Stout about the spying allegations is that they add insult to injury after Makdessi’s victory.
“I think it’s a petty thing to say after you’ve already won,” said Stout. “I don’t think it’s very sportsmanlike to say something like that.”
Shortly after the fight, Stout remarked that he was disappointed by what he perceived as an overly cautious and evasive strategy employed by Makdessi. He says he wanted the fight to be more exciting and hard-hitting.
“He got the win,” said Stout. “I’ve watched it — he out-pointed me. But I would have respected him a lot more if he had gone out there and fought with me, as opposed to running and moving away and out-pointing me with jabs.”