Next MMA Fighter: When did you get the call from Strikeforce to fight Jason “Mayhem” Miller?
Tim Stout: I got the call right at 2 weeks out and agreed immediately, obviously it’s a really big fight for me.
Next MMA Fighter: How do you feel about fighting on CBS?
Tim Stout: I’m really looking forward to it. It gives my family, friends, and fans an opportunity to see me fight when they may not have been able to in the past.
Next MMA Fighter: How do you want to fight him? What’s the gameplan?
Tim Stout: My gameplan is no secret. I’m gonna try to keep it standing and knock him out. I train with Mark Cook for my kickboxing and Roberto Traven on the ground, I’m prepared for anything he brings.
Next MMA Fighter: There’s no shortage of tape for this guy, you do your homework?
Tim Stout: I’m a big fan, actually. I enjoy the show and the shenanigans. In a lot of ways he’s my exact opposite, so I just like to watch it.
Next MMA Fighter: No plans to rival his walk-in?
Tim Stout: (laughs) No, I’m just gonna walk in there and want to get to work. I’ll leave the show for the showman.
Next MMA Fighter: Is Strikeforce a promotion you see yourself in for the long term or is UFC a goal, perhaps?
Tim Stout: I’ll fight anywhere that will have me and treat me the best. Fighting on National TV is the big game, so it’s just about where I can be happiest.
Next MMA Fighter: The Hendo Shields fight is coming up. Any predictions?
Tim Stout: I love Dan Henderson, he’s a good ol’ boy just like me and he comes to fight. Jake won’t likely be able to take him down and it’ll turn into a boxing match. Jake will run into Dan’s right hand eventually.
Next MMA Fighter: UFC 112 is just about underway, any comments or predictions about those fights?
Tim Stout: I’d like to see Maia win, I think it would be interesting for the division. BJ Penn is great and I don’t really see him losing, and I have a lot of respect for Renzo, I’d like him to come away with a win there.
Next MMA Fighter: We’re not too far from the fight now, how’s your weight?
Tim Stout: I’m going up a weight class so I feel really good, I’ll put on some pounds and do a really small cut. I feel incredible and won’t have issues with cardio or hydration that would usually come with a big cut.
Next MMA Fighter: How do you feel about Georgia fighters compared to the rest of the scene? You’ve got a big fight coming up, Tex Johnson is gonna fight War Machine next weekend, Raphael Assuncao is fighting for the WEC…
Tim Stout: I don’t think Georgia fighters are necessarily better than anywhere else, there’s a big mix of talent in the state. Although there are guys like Tex, Assuncao, and Jucao that really shine.
Next MMA Fighter: Tell us about your nickname.
Tim Stout: My first couple of fights I finished by KOs all in the first couple seconds of the first round. I developed a reputation for being a tenacious and explosive fighter. People wanted me to be the “Pitbull” and other stuff but when it came down to it, I wanted to be original. MOAB stands for Massive Ordinance Air Blast, the most powerful non-nuclear bomb our military uses. I picked it because it was original and I throw bombs in all of my fights.
Next MMA Fighter: Thanks for speaking with us, Tim. Anyone you want to thank?
Tim Stout: I would like to thank all my sponsors Hitman Fight Gear, Full Tilt Poker.net and Fighter Warehouse. I also want to thank Nutraplanet.com and Ink Revolutions who have supported me since I started fighting.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my training partners at Unit 2 Fitness and Roberto Traven, Mark Cook from Cook’s Impact Martial Arts, Casey Oxendine from Team Oxendine and all the guys at Toe 2 Toe Fitness in Hiram.
Lastly I would like to thank Sponsored Fan for all the work they do for me. These guys never stop working for me and it shows, just look at all my new sponsors!