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Tyler Stout Signs a 4 Fight Deal with Fury MMA

Updated: Jun 26

Rosenberg, TX - After a sensational amateur career, Tyler Stout goes pro in unique fashion as he signed the dotted line on a 4 fight deal. Fury MMA made the wise call to secure Stout on their roster early last week as the Flyweight seems destined to breakthrough and become a UFC Prospect in short time. Combat Sports Report sat down with "No Smoke" ahead of his Fury MMA debut. Check it out!

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Q: Tyler Stout! What made now the right time to go pro?

A: Man, I just I've been through some some pretty good amateur wars. I've just had a lot of people around me, people that have been in The Big Show and people that have made it to that next level, that have given me the advice that it was time. You know I've had 11, amateur fights across the country now so I figured it's time. I'm 27 years old. I figured it's time to go ahead and start to get going.

Q: It's definitely a fine line between wanting to be prepared, but not giving your best rounds away for free. Like you said, you've been in some tough scraps. The last one, man, absolutely blew up the internet again, two for two on that. Future of Fighting definitely owes you one. How do you keep going viral every time you fight?

Yeah. I think I had some eyes on me ever since I first started You know, I feel like every time I step out there, I've always put on a good show and draw more attention to myself every time. Especially to the promotions, I was fighting for and some of them had their own eyes that I happened to take under, make them fans of me. Plus all the eyes that I brought to the table as well to those promotions.

Q: That brings us to my next question. Is is that what drew you to Fury? Their audience?

A: Actually I'll go ahead and give you the whole story of what's been going on is uh I actually got in touch with a manager Ed Barnett through ECB Sports management and I've been in talks with this guy for a couple months now, before I even signed with them, we we've been in connection.

He's been great. Every time I've called the guy, he's answering the phone. Every time I text him, he's hit me back. For advice, you know, anything I've asked this guy, he's always been available. Before I even signed with him. So that just gave me a good vibe off the rip.

So I finally decided to sign with him, and the first opportunity that came was June 9th debut and then they ended up getting back to us for the four fight deal. The way he explained it, to me was FURY isn't just offering four or five deals or multiple fight deals to everybody. Obviously I check off the the boxes on their list as far as guys, that they feel like they can build up and try to get to the next level.

Tyler Stout MMA Signs a 4 Fight Deal with Fury MMA

Q: And the four fight is kind of perfect. That's enough time for you to kind of make a name and then legitimize all your wins. Is that kind of the plan is just kind of 4-0 then, maybe the next level or are you looking to get a little more experience at pro? Where is your mindset at?

A: I mean I I feel like I've got 11 fights now as an amateur. That's some good experience that everybody says: Amateur fights don't matter" this and that they're talking about wins and losses. When it comes to them directly, it doesn't matter. You're pretty familiar with the game. How many, guys, you see come on on Container Series with four or five fights and then you hear the commentary: "Well, you know this guy has seven amateur fights"

You know that, that stuff matters man. So when it comes to that experience, it's all around. In Kentucky, with the ruleset how it is. No shin pads, knees to the face, the only thing that's not allowed is elbows. So, I mean, really, you're talking my past three or four fights, could have been a professional level fights. My career from the start, I feel like just the level of skills that I've shown was enough for a professional skill set.

Q: I'm glad you addressed that too, because mainly, the only difference for you is the time of the rounds, and that's just basically, cardio and conditioning there correct?

Actually, its all in the pace. You gotta, you gotta pace yourself for those rounds, you know. I feel like I learned my lesson with that in that last fight because the pressure was on me, and the whole crowd was there for me. The whole event was felt like it was built around me and I was really excited to get going on. I asked for war and I got one and, you know, the cards didn't fall in my favor that night. But to answer your question, about going forward over trying to get to the next level is I'm gonna take it fight by fight. My next four fights will obviously be with the Fury Fighting Championship. Take it Fight by fight. Hopefully all the cards fall in my favor. They just had a guy that had a four fight deal for FURY and he went through his four fights now he's getting a #ContenderSeries shot. So hopefully the same, or something similar can happen with me as well, but I'm taking it fight by fight. Everybody everybody knows what the goal is man. Is the big show or bust for me.

Q: You're going to make a statement. Not a lot flyweights are dropping people like you are. It should be exciting.

Yeah man, I feel like I've got some good power for flyweight. I feel like I'm a big guy for flyweight. I feel like I put all good shows, but I feel like I haven't finished on my potential within the cage yet. Even though we've seen highlight reel knockouts and submissions, and fight of the year nominee fights, and stuff like that for combat night etc. But I've yet to show my full potential and fight IQ.

June 9th we're four weeks out. I've been preparing. I've been training. I took some time off after that last fight and then got right back in the gym. As soon as I was healed up ready to go. I've been training just waiting on the call so we we knew it was coming. So it's not like I've got four weeks notice for a date and we've been training and we've just been waiting on the card to set an appointment really.

Q: So my last question and then the floor is yours, it sounds like it's just kind of business as usual though, right? Nothing's really changing in the camp, you're not going to Florida or anything like that, just the same old?

A: Same old I was actually in Florida a couple weeks ago I had to go down there for personal reasons, but I was training down there. I was down there with #DominicSimmons training with #NathanPierce as well. I work with them but I've been in the Muay Thai gym lately called #TwoBrothers. They're working with me on boxing with my elbows and my knees, and just really getting sharp. Sharpening up the tools for this professional debut.

Q: Any shout outs any anything like that?

Yeah, I would like to shout out. Number one, first of all, my manager, #EdBarnett. I'd like to shout out a few years, flight championships or give me document. Oh, I'd like to shout out, #NathanPierce he sticks by my side as a, as a coach, and as a brother and making sure that I get everything I need. His number one goal is to get me to the UFC. He's stuck by his word on that. I'd like to shout out all my friends and family who support me. Then my last shout out would be to #DerekDespanette for taking me in under his wing and helping me out with my striking and really getting me going and supporting me and helping me get, you know, this next step of my career going.


Q&A With "No Smoke" Tyler Stout MMA after his viral KO at Future of Fighting

Lexington, KY - Coming off a sensational KO sequence at Future of Fighting's inagueral event. Tyler "No Smoke" Stout has been crowned the promotion's Flyweight Champion and is now 7-3 as an amatuer. Combat Sports Report sat down for a Q&A with the 125lb Champ to learn more about the 26 year old phenom.

Tyler Stout interviews with the Combat Sports Report
Tyler Stout Q&A | Combat Sports Report

Q:  We’re just going to get right to it.  Talk me through that crazy finishing sequence.  What was going through your mind as you set up that kick?

A: He was being really aggressive. So from the moment we had space, I was trying to occupy that space, with the hands. I was trying to keep his mind going because, we were right in a 50/50 position. We're standing right in front of each other. So I was trying to occupy that space, but still make him feel welcome to stand in front of me. I knew if I could get him to stand in front of me, even for a second, I could hurt him. I had already hurt him very early in the fight, like the opening 10 seconds. I landed a straight right hand and knocked him down, but he popped back up. So I knew if I could get him to stand in front of me for a second, I could get a good shot in and probably finish the fight so that's what I was able to do.

Q: You’re 7-3 as an amateur, and you’ve only been fighting for 3 years, if I'm not mistaken.  Are there any signs of slowing down now that you’re an amateur Champion or do you want to keep up this pace?

A: Actually, December made 2 years. So I've had 10 fights in 2 years. I've been training for a little over 4 years. I mean 4 years straight as far as dedication to MMA...But the fight before last, I had a split decision loss to a kid named Bryce Woerner out of Tennesee. He's the number 1 ranked fighter over there. He just had a fight last night that he looked pretty good in, so I think we're going to make that rematch happen next March 9th at Future of Fighting 2. That's what I'm eye balling right now. If we're not able to make that happen, then I'm not really pressed on having another amatuer fight. I feel like we can go Pro March 9th. I think it's up to my team really. If we can get the Bryce Woerner fight I would do one more amatuer if not, we can do the Pro Debut, it's really just up to our team's. Definitely next year we're going Pro, regardless.

Q:  You’ve fought for a few different promotions, in your opinion what makes a great MMA show from a fighters experience? 

A: The organization of the production. The social media they bring. It's all about effort really in my eyes. I like fighting for the shows that do both Pro & Ammy because it brings a little bit more eyes to the Ammy side. You've got shows like Combat Night that are just killing it. Future of Fighting 1 was damn near as close to a as close as you can get to being a top notch show, especially with it being the first one. Match making is very important because you don't want to sit through a bunch of mismatched fights. Styles make fights, so its very important to see the fights that make sense. Definitely the production of the show but not just what the fans see, how its run behind the scenes. You want weigh-ins to be structured so you're not just waiting around before you weigh in. There's alot of things like that behind the scenes that make a fighter want to stick to one promotion. We're fighting for free, so we might as well fight for the best promotions that'll give us the most eyes and the biggest opportunity.

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Q: Well that's all we have but, we have some fan questions if you're ready.

A: Cool, let's go.

Q: @JordanB107 asks: What was your opponent’s corner saying after the fight?

A: Oh, I guess the way the show was run there was an intermission that was thrown in before our fight or they switched the line up before the fight. We had a lot of Area 502 guys on the card so my coach was out there back to back to back to back. So they switched the production up in the back and it might of pissed the coach off. They said they were already warmed up but dude I'm in the back the whole time. We have nothing seperating us but a curtain, I could see him the whole time too. He was getting his hands wrapped when I was wrapping my ankle. He was warming up when I was wrapping my hands. So it wasn't that big of a difference. Maybe a 10 minute differential? So I don't really see an issue with it. He came out hot and aggressive. Warm up or not, he still got flat lined in 2 minutes so I don't know. It's a fight man.

Q:  @TwoBills21 asks: What has been your toughest fight to date?

A: I would say my most difficult camp, I hurt my MCL early in my amatuer career and fought like 12 weeks later. That was probably my most difficult mentally, just overcoming something, but that was only my second fight. Opponent wise, Noah Williams I would say. He's a bigger guy, he's fought at 135 & 145. It was his first time coming down to Flyweight and I was 3-0 at the time. He had a little more experience than me. He had fought for Combat Night, so he had already been under those big lights. He was the first guy to put it on me early, and force me to make adjustments. He ran away with the decision, but it was a damn close fight. Definitely my hardest fight to date. He was a little bit better than me that night, but I learned a lot.

@TrendyGooWapp asks: What’s your daily training routine look like?

A: Sometimes I like to get two a days in so I can split up my training sessions. If not, then I'm in the gym 6 days a week for 3-4 hours. A lot of these Pro guys get to split up their training so they're doing 2 different things a day. I'm doing everything at once. I'm doing MMA class, then jumping into Jiu Jitsu, then I'm doing Kickboxing right after. My gym is made for a fighter's schedule so all of it is available to you everyday. It just depends on what your mindset is, are you getting ready for a fight or am I just in there helping the guys?

A lot of my striking is old school boxing based. The team based stuff is more grappling based. It's a complete fighters gym at Area 502. A quote from Khabib is "You're not training MMA unless you're training MMA." You can't train boxing one day, then train wrestling the next day. It just doesn't work like that when you're trying to get to the next level.

Q: @TwoBills21 asks: What is the one thing you’re focusing on most going into the pros?

A: We upped the grappling. We upped the wrestling. We upped the Jiu-Jitsu. Just because, my coach feels that's where these guys will take the fight in the future. Which my grappling is very underrated. It seems like whenever guys want to engage in grappling, I'm able to shine in that area. I have TKO victories and 2 submissions. My coach specifically wanted to up that thought just because he feels that's how guys are going to try to weasel their way around to get a win. It's going to be hard to find someone who wants to strike with me after that nasty KO. Personally though, I'm getting bigger. Growing into my man strength and becoming an adult. So my goal going into the Pros is to just have healthy, solid weight cuts at Flyweight.

Q: Any shout outs? The floor is yours.

A: Yeah I want to shout out Nate and Greg Pierce. I'd like to give a shout out to my coach, Philip Perkins, Zachary Grasso, Alex Hacker. My sponsors, Patrick Carter Tattoo, Upperkuts Barber Shop, Gary Muncy over at Muscular Therapy. I want to give a shout out to my gym Area 502 MMA & my training partners up there. Shout out all them guys training up there.. Just keep your eyes open, follow me on social media @TyNoSmoke & March 9th Future of Fighting 2, you are not going to want to miss it. I've got a video on my page, that aged real well, of me promoting the last fight. I said "Man when I jump on that cage and you're not there, you're going to wish you were." So you better be there if you missed this last one.

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