The emergency glass has been shattered.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White assured Sam Stout after his unanimous decision loss to Spencer Fisher in their electric rematch back in 2007 that he was putting their trilogy match in his back pocket for future use.
White apparently plans to throw his trump card on the table five years to the day of making that promise.
"Showdown Joe" reports that Stout and Fisher will mix it up in a third and likely final Lightweight scrap at UFC on FX 4, which is tentatively scheduled to take place at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, on Sat., June 12, 2012.
Talk about knowing when to hold 'em.
"Hands of Stone" and "The King" first collided at UFC 58 back in 2006, with Stout earning a very close split decision win in a fight that the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion considers among its 100 best of all time (#88). One year later, the pair ran it back in yet another barn burner, which Fisher ultimately (and to some, controversially) secured a unanimous decision victory.
It's taken nearly six years, but the fighters, as well as the fans, will finally tie a ribbon around one of the more entertaining, and classy, rivalries in the sport.
In his most recent appearance, Stout had a two-fight win streak snapped by Thiago Tavares, losing a decision to the brawny Brazilian at UFC 142 earlier this year. Fisher, meanwhile, is eager to steer himself out of a back-to-back losing skid, which includes a technical knockout loss to the aforementioned brawny Brazilian his last time out.
UFC on FX 4 will feature a a pivotal 155-pound showdown between Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida in the main event of the evening. Elsewhere on the card, former Middleweight mainstay Dan Miller will make his Welterweight debut against Ricardo Funch.