Sam Stout-K.J. Noons ‘TUF: Nations’ matchup switched to welterweight

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QUEBEC CITY — Just one day before the ‘TUF: Nations’ finale fighters are set to hit the scale, Sam Stout and K.J. Noons have apparently decided to make life a little easier for themselves by agreeing not to drop an extra 15 pounds.

The bout was contractually signed at the fighters’ usual weight of 155, but earlier today, the duo approached the UFC, requesting that the fight take place at the welterweight limit of 170 pounds instead. The promotion, along with the Quebec commission that is overseeing the event, approved the change.

If the extra weight helps either, it may be Noons (12-7), who has fought as high as 170 pounds in the past, most notably fighting Nick Diaz to a five-round decision loss in 2010. He also fought as a welterweight at least one other time, competed in EliteXC at 160 pounds, which was that promotion’s lightweight limit, and has had several catch weight fights at 160 or 165 pounds. 

By comparison, Stout has fought his entire 10-year career at 155 pounds.

Both fighters are coming off wins, with Noons off a decision victory over George Sotiropoulos while Stout (20-9-1) toppled Cody McKenzie in his last time out.