Sam Stout just couldn’t do it.
Only a few weeks removed from the passing of his trainer and friend Shawn Tompkins, Stout withdrew from a scheduled bout with Dennis Siver at UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz.
Recently, Stout sat down for an interview with Mauro Ranallo on The MMA Show to discuss the passing of Tompkins, who died at the age of 37 in his sleep due to a heart attack.
“Shawn has been my coach since I got into the sport,” Stout said. “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’s taught me really everything I know about mixed martial arts. And not only that, h e 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.”
Tompkins was also Stout’s brother-in-law, as he married Stout’s sister, Emilie. At the time of his death, Tompkins was an instructor with Tapout Training Center.
Stout has won four of his last five fights in the UFC, including back-to-back victories over Yves Edwards and Paul Taylor. His lone loss during his recent run was a split decision defeat against Jeremy Stephens.
Donald Cerrone has agreed to step in for Stout and face Siver at UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz.