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UFC Lightweights Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher ended their triptych on a bright note in a slugfest at UFC on FX Maynard vs. Guida. The judges ruled the fight for Sam Stout, largely due to his take down advantage, but Fisher probably got the best of the stand up fight that left both men bloodied.
UFC On FX Maynard Vs. Guida Results: Sam Stout def. Spencer Fisher
Fisher came out quick and aggressive, firing combos and doing a better job of connecting than Stout initially. Stout landed a hard right and then took a groin shot for a brief pause. Stout cracked Fisher with a couple of rights then Fisher staggered Stout with a right and again with a hard left. Fisher leg kicked Stout and send him dropping. Stout got back up only to eat more of Fisher's punches. Stout shot in and Fisher took guard after failing to roll Stout on over him. Fisher defended well in closed guard, preventing Stout from connecting on dozens of shots. They stood back up and Stout shot in for a double leg immediately. Fisher got back up and escaped the clinch. Not much more happened before the round expired.
Fisher outlanded Stout to start the second. He checked kicks. Feinted. Countered. And beat Sam Stout to the punch. Stout cracked Fisher with a right. Stout landed a couple of digging body shots. Then Stout landed an uppercut. Fisher landed a couple of lead hooks. Stout landed a hard shot. Stout then shot in for another take down and scored from inside Fisher's guard. Once again Fisher's defense was good but he hardly attempted to escape much less get a sweep or a submission.
Fisher landed first in the third with a right hook then a spinning elbow. Fisher then uglied Stout with a left. Stout tried for a trip from the clinch but Fisher fended it off. Fisher caught Stout with another lead hook and a straigt left.Stout got a right in there but Fisher countered right back. Stout with a body kick. Fisher with a right hook. Fisher tapped Stout's chin with a straight left. Then Stout shot in for a double leg and put Fisher on his back. Fisher got back to his feet by wall walking up the cage. Stout got him down again with just a minute left. Stout laid in half guard and held Fisher down until Ref Kevin Mulhall ordered a stand up. Stout landed a very hard 1-2 when Fisher asked for a brawl at the end. Stout busted his nose and both bleeding men embraced at the end of the fight. They fought a combined nine rounds in three brutal fights.
Here's what Fraser Coffeen said before the fight:
Neither of these men are real factors in the Lightweight division right now, but still, this feels like a fight that matters. That's because it's the rubber match between these two rivals. On one side stands Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout (17-7-1; 6-6 UFC), a Shawn Tompkins trainee who has been a fixture of the UFC Lightweight division since 2006. His opponent is Spencer "The King" Fisher (24-8; 9-7 UFC), another longtime veteran. These two met previously in 2006 and 2007, with Stout winning the first fight, Fisher the second. Both are absolute classic fights that really must be seen. Each man has roughly a decade of pro experience, and you get the sense, particularly for Fisher, that things are winding down. This is quite possibly the last real "big" fight for both, and it's fitting that it comes against their greatest career rival. The winner here won't suddenly be in the title hunt, and the loser could easily be cut (again, especially Fisher, who is just 1-4 in his last 5), and yet this feels like a big deal. Both men have given a ton to the sport in their careers, and I'm excited to see them go at it one more time.