According to MMAJunkie.com, UFC lightweight fighter Sam Stout has decided to withdraw from his impending UFC 137 scrap against Dennis Siver.
No reason for his withdrawal has yet been given, so it is unclear whether or not it has anything to do with the untimely death of his brother-in-law and trainer Shawn Tompkins. Tompkins, who was married to Stout’s sister, passed away earlier this month in his sleep after suffering a fatal heart attack.
A staple in the UFC’s lightweight division since 2006, Stout (17-6-1) has turned in some of the most memorable performances in the promotion’s history. Hands of Stone has gone back and forth throughout his UFC career, but is currently riding a two-fight winning streak capped off by an absolutely vicious knockout of MMA veteran Yves Edwards that took place back in June. Whenever he does return to the cage, the 27-year-old will be looking to string together three straight victories for the first time during his UFC tenure.
Meanwhile, German striker Dennis Siver is left without an opponent, as currently no replacement for Stout has been named. Siver is currently enjoying a four-fight winning streak that includes victories over Spencer Fisher, Andre Winner, George Sotiropoulos and Matt Wiman.
UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz is scheduled to go down on October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.