Before the Featherweight, Bantamweight and now the Flyweight contenders were running wild in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Lightweight contenders Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout were showing mixed martial arts (MMA) fans the reason smaller guys were known as "showstoppers."
After going toe-to-toe twice already and splitting decision victories, "Hands of Stone" and "King" engaged in all out wars as the two scrappy 155-pound contenders stood in the center of the Octagon exchanging blows much to the crowds delight.
Soon, the dynamic duo look to put on one more exciting bout for fans across the globe, much like they did at UFC 58 back on 2006 and at UFC Fight Night: "Stout vs. Fisher" in 2007, in what will likely be final time the two meet inside the cage.
Spending 30 minutes inside a cage, Stout and Fisher know each other all too well, and this Friday night (June 22, 2012) in Atlantic City, N.J., they will get to know each other a little bit more as the will finally settle the score in the co-main event of UFC on FX 4: "Maynard vs. Guida."
If their first two bouts are any indication, expect an all out scrap from the two on much bigger stage.
Make the jump to see what both Sam and Spencer had to say about their upcoming trilogy fight in "The Garden State" as they reflect on their past:
"I'm (Sam Stout) very excited about this fight. It seems crazy it was 2006 when we first fought, just seems like yesterday but we've had so many fighters between then and now. I like the fact there's someone in my career that fans will look back and say ‘those Stout v Fisher fights were awesome'. Obviously, I want to be the winner of the trilogy. Fighting on FX in the US is a great chance to fight in front of a large audience, and if this fight is as good as the first two then I think the win takes me up the rankings quite a bit."
Being the older of the two, the 36-year old Fisher is often reminded of his age, but that hasn't stopped the American from competing at the highest level, despite dropping two in a row:
"Whenever me and Sam Stout fight, the fans will get to see something a little special. We've just got two styles that make for great fights, it's a little bit of magic, two very technical strikers who came to have a war. I'm 36 and people keep bringing that up but I feel great. I'm getting better with my weight all the time and that's making me feel younger, not older."
With both coming off of losses and needing the "W" in the worst way, expect the third and final bout between the two to have similar entertainment value as their first two encounters.
Though a title shot isn't in either other either futures anytime soon, Stout and Fisher are fighting for something more important: Job security.
Fisher has dropped two consecutive bouts against Thiago Tavares and Ross Pearson and has lost four of his last five contests. Stout, on the other hand, was last seen coming up short against the aforementioned Tavares at UFC 142. Though a loss won't necessarily mean the dreaded pink slip for the Canadian, two losses in a row won't likely sit well with the powers that be over at Zuffa.
How about it Maniacs, who wins the third and final fight between these two entertaining lightweights?