K.J. Noons now has less weight to cut for Saturday's fight. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
A scheduled lightweight pairing between Sam Stout and K.J. Noons will now take place at welterweight when the UFC debuts in Quebec City tomorrow.
UFC officials Tuesday announced the change. Stout and Noons will collide at 170 pounds at “The Ultimate Fighter Nations” finale, which takes place Wednesday night at Pepsi Coliseum and airs live on Fox Sports 1.
“The fighters approached the UFC to request the change in weight class,” the promotion’s statement read, “and it was subsequently approved by both the UFC and the Quebec athletic commission, the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux.”
The event is headlined by a middleweight showdown pitting Michael Bisping against Tim Kennedy and will also see Kyle Noke collide with Patrick Cote in a welterweight clash of “TUF Nations” coaches.
A 30-fight pro, Stout, 29, has alternated between wins and losses in his last six fights. “Hands of Stone” competed three times last year, sandwiching a submission defeat to James Krause between decision wins over Caros Fodor and Cody McKenzie.
Noons, 31, won the EliteXC lightweight title and challenged for the Strikeforce welterweight belt before joining the UFC last year. Since stepping into the Octagon, “King” has gone 1-1, rebounding from a May loss at the hands of Donald Cerrone to outpoint George Sotiropoulos last October at UFC 166.