Todd “The Black Hulk” Stoute, 36, will represent Trinidad and Tobago and Canada at “BRAVE CF 36” in Romania on July 27, 2020. Two days before fight night, the Trinidadian-Canadian mixed martial artist revealed to me that his first child was recently born.
While Stoute was in Bucharest, Romania, I interviewed him via Zoom app on July 25, 2020. I asked him, “What or who inspires you to fight?”
“I felt like my drive to be successful, to be something more than I was, was my inspiration,” Stoute told me. “Now, it’s my son.”
In the main event of “BRAVE CF 36,” which will take place at Berăria H in Bucharest, Stoute will fight Cristi Constantinov, 23, of Bucharest at a catch weight of 104kg. Becoming a father for the first time, the Trinidadian-Canadian contender now has a bigger inspiration to win.
“This is the first time I’ve ever spoken about it,” Stoute told me. “I’ll be putting it out there. My family and I are very private.”
According to Stoute, he wants to take time to understand how to be a parent. He told me, “It’s crazy.”
“It’s a totally different situation,” Stoute continued. “It makes me wanna work harder, makes me wanna get up. It makes me wanna just do everything I possibly can.”
Originally, Stoute was set to fight Amilcar Alves, 40, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the light heavyweight division in the main event of “BRAVE CF 36” but the Brazilian MMA fighter had to pull out of the card due to travel restrictions. I asked the Trinidadian-Canadian MMA fighter to give a message to Constantinov.
“No message to Cristian Constantinov,” Stoute laughed. “There’s nothing to say.”
“BRAVE CF 36” marks Stoute’s third BRAVE CF outing. He holds a professional MMA record of 10 wins and 6 losses.
“To my fans, you guys know me,” Stoute said. “You know about my resilience. You know what I m here for. We’re bound for life. Let’s do this.”