All great feuds must come to an end sooner or later and such was the case at tonight's (Fri., June 22, 2012) UFC on FX 4: "Maynard vs. Guida" event that took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout, two lightweight bangers with crowd pleasing styles, hooked 'em up one last time to settle the score in their trilogy that dated back all the way to 2006. Coming into the evening, they both had one victory split between them.
By the end of the night, it was "Hands of Stone" who went up 2-1 to close the trilogy by working a smart game plan on his way to a unanimous decision victory by scores of 30-27 across the board.
It wasn't a barnburner like their two previous meetings, but it's the last time they'll meet inside the cage again. I think we're all better off for it, too.
To no one's surprise, both men came out winging punches. Fisher was landing solid clean punches, but so was Stout. In the first shocking turn of the bout, though, "Hands of Stone" decided to go to his wrestling came and score a takedown midway through the round.
Slugfests are great but so is progression as a fighter.
Stout worked from full guard with elbows and punches, chipping away at Fisher's defense. He was also scoring points for superior position. That is until he stood back up and they reset.
Immediately, though, Stout shot in for a double and earned another takedown, though Fisher got back to his feet within seconds. He ended the round just ducking under a spinning backfist from "The King."
Round two saw Stout circling away while trying to avoid the power left hand of Fisher, which he was landing a few times anyway. As the round wore on, Stout was finding his spots and picking his foe apart.
And then, just like in the first, he grabbed a takedown. The diversification of his game was surely looked on favorably by the judges, who saw Fisher struggle with anything other than punches and low kicks.
Heading into the final frame, Fisher's corner straight out told him he needed a knockout to win the fight. After all, he was controlled on the floor and gave up takedowns in the first two. No matter how crisp his striking looked compared to times past -- and that was certainly the case -- he needed to find something big to close out in style.
Unfortunately, for him at least, that never happened. Stout stayed even and continued circling away, avoiding all the heavy offense Fisher could offer.
To punctuate his victory, Stout worked one more takedown to close the fight.
Trilogy over, book closed, and now Fisher likely rides off into retirement.