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Midnight Mania! Sam Stout starts GoFundMe for permanently disabled former foe Spencer Fisher

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This is one of those heart-warming situations that’s actually rather sickening upon deeper thought.

Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher produced one of the best trilogies in UFC Lightweight history. Though no belt traded hands, the two action fighters put forth tremendous efforts in 2006, 2007, and finally 2012. The last bout served as Fisher’s retirement fight, and the final two earned “Fight of the Night” honors.

Unfortunately, Fisher is wearing the effects of a hard career filled with head trauma. MMAFighting did an incredible in-depth article on his health and financial struggles, but now Stout is stepping up to help his former opponent out, creating a GoFundMe for Fisher.

“Spencer Fisher is a MMA pioneer that gave us great fights through his entire career,” the post reads. “He has payed a severe price for his time in the cage. He suffers from serious medical conditions related to his time in combat sports. Please help donate to help him with his medical expenses and supporting his wife and daughters.”

At this author’s time of writing, the GoFundMe has raised $5575.

Additionally, Stout spoke with MMAFighting about the situation. After describing his friend’s situation as “heartbreaking,” Stout elaborated on why he believed UFC should look out for the long-term health of its former athletes.

“It’s always a risky thing to say anything about the UFC’s practices, but we’re talking about a guy that I’ve got a bond with that’s going to last the rest of our lives,” he said. “Spencer’s earned my respect almost more than any other man walking this planet. Just to see him twisting in the wind with no help, it’s really hard for me to watch, because it could have been me.

“I think some things need to change. There’s more information coming to light about CTE and the lasting effects of head injuries. I think ongoing medical coverage for the fighters should be part of their expenses that they need to factor into their business. Sometimes I think they worry about the bottom line more than the people that are making their company the great powerhouse that it is. I think it’s not right and something needs to change.”

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