In the co-main event of UFC on FX 4, the completion of the trilogy between Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher was had. In March 2006, Stout picked up the split decision victory against Fisher, but Fisher avenged that loss in June 2007 with a unanimous decision win. Both fighters have seen mixed success in the UFC since their last fight and both were looking to leave Atlantic City with a win. Fisher came into the fight with a 24-8 record and was on the brink of retirement at 36, while the 28-year-old Stout was 17-7 heading into the fight and looking forward to a successful professional career.
To open the round, both men continued where they left off five years ago by exchanging strikes. Each man landed their share of quality strikes, but it appeared that Fisher was causing more damage with some of his punches. Eventually, the fight got to the ground and Stout wound up on full guard. They made it back to the feet, but Stout got another quick takedown before the fight made it back standing.
My scorecard: Stout 10-9
In the second round, Fisher was getting more aggressive on the feet and landing solid strikes, but Stout recovered and landed a couple nice combinations to try to fend off the attack. Stout ended up in the top position as the round ended, but it was likely the best round of the fight for Fisher and one I think he won.
My scorecard: Fisher 10-9
Fisher moved straight forward to open the round and partially connected with a spinning elbow. Seconds later, he attempted another flashy elbow, but missed. As the round continued, Stout landed solid kicks to the side of Fisher, but it didn't deter the veteran from moving forward. Stout then landed another great takedown, displaying improved wrestling skills. Fisher got up, but soon after, found himself on his back after another takedown. With 30 seconds left, the referee stood them up, allowing both fighters to exchange with big strikes to finish the fight.
My scorecard: Stout 10-9. Overall to Stout, 29-28
Official Decision: Unanimous decision to Stout (30-27 x3)
Stout showed a drastic improvement in his wrestling, which is just another piece to the puzzle in becoming one of the top fighters in the division. For Fisher, if his career is done, although the outcome wasn't how he wanted it to be, he put up a great fight.
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Hobson Lopes has been a fan of mixed martial arts since the days of Tank Abbott and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.