The UFC has been host to many high-profile trilogy fights throughout its existence. Battles like Ortiz/Shamrock, Couture/Liddell, Hughes/St. Pierre, and Penn/Hughes, to name a few. On Friday, another trilogy will close its book as Spencer Fisher takes on Sam Stout, for the final time. Both their previous wars were good enough to make the UFC’s 100 greatest fight list with their first fight making number 16 on the list.
Their first encounter took place over six years ago at UFC 58 with Stout getting a split decision win despite eating the harder shots and many scoring the bout in favor of Fisher. A little more than year later their rematch was the main event of an Ultimate Fight Night card. Both men would once again batter each other for the full 15 minutes. Fisher left no doubt in the judges cards and was given the unanimous decision victory. Fisher’s next bout would be a higher profile fight against Frankie Edgar, which he would lose. Stout ended up going back to the TKO promotion for one fight before returning to the UFC full-time.
Since their last meeting Fisher has gone 4-5 inside the Octagon while Stout has been just as unimpressive at 5-4. While Fisher did string together 3 wins in a row after his loss to Edgar, he has gone 1-4 in his last 5 fights. Stout was able to put together 3 different sets of consecutive wins but has not been able to gain any traction to be considered a title contender. Although Stout is only 28yrs old the door is closing for him to be considered a viable “in the mix” fighter in the very deep 155lb division. Spencer Fisher’s door seems all but locked.
Fisher has said in recent interviews that this will mostly likely be his final fight. At the age of 36 and 10yrs of fighting behind him, Fisher has given all he has to offer to the sport and it’s fitting that his final bout should come against the man whom he’ll forever be associated with.
Although neither fighter will be on anyones list of “All Time Greats”, they bring out the absolute best out of each other. At UFC on FX 4, Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout will finally settle the score, and have earned the right to be included on anyones list of all time great Trilogy fights.