Spencer Fisher Likely Going To Retire
Posted on 23 Jun 2012
by MMAScoops.com Staff
Spencer Fisher (24-8 MMA, 9-7 UFC) plans to retire after his loss to Sam Stout (17-7-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) at UFC on FX 4 Saturday night, finishing up their trilogy.
He had hinted in the weeks before the fight that it would be his last before he retired. He lost to Stout via unanimous decision.
Stout praised him after the match. He said: "We've spent 45 minutes in that cage together. We've got a bond together that is a pretty rare thing – to go through a trilogy like that and have three wars with the same opponent. My hat's off to him. He's a class act. We spoke after the fight. If I get out of the press conference before they stop selling drinks tonight, I'm going to go buy him a beer."
Fisher did not attend the post-fight press conference and was not interviewed after the loss. He told FUEL TV in a post-fight interview that he still will likely retire. He said he could come back, but if he does it will be at featherweight. Fisher has lost five of his last six fights, and three fights in a row. He lost the first fight to Stout via split decision over six years ago and won the rematch in June 2007 via unanimous decision.
Dana White has said it would be a shame if Fisher decides to give it up. He added: "(Before the fight), Stout was saying he felt like Fisher was in his prime (for the first two fights) and now he feels like he's in his prime and Fisher was shot. I thought Fisher looked better tonight than he has in a long time. It won 'Fight of the Night,' so I think that says a lot. To be honest with you, I thought Spencer Fisher looked as good as he's ever looked tonight – so maybe he'll rethink (retirement)."
Fisher lost with three scores of 30-27, thanks to Stout's takedowns, which Fisher has admitted is the weakest part of his game. The event took place at the Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. The main card aired on FX, and the prelims aired on FUEL TV and streamed on Facebook.