Stout faced Fisher for a third time on Friday night.
Hard Fought Bout Results in Unanimous Decision
The action was non-stop in the first two encounters between Sam Stout (19-7-1) and Spencer Fisher (25-9), and the concluding bout of a trilogy between the two fighters was just the same. The duo met at Revel in Atlantic City on Friday night in the co-feature of the UFC on FX 4, with Stout getting the better of his well-matched mate to claim a unanimous decision victory.
At the opening bell, both fighters looked to start quickly, and they exchanged back and forth from the stand-up for the entirety of the first three minutes of the fight. Around the two-minute mark, Stout shot and scored a takedown, but Fisher was able to reverse the positioning into top control. He then fired some ground and pound before backing off and letting Stout return to his feet. Stout then seeked another takedown but was greeted with a sprawl from Fisher to keep it standing, and he then finished off the frame with a nice spinning back fist at the horn.
The second round was another stand-up scrap, with both proving they can take abuse as well as dish it out. Late in the frame, there was a short stoppage for an accidental low blow by Fisher, and Stout immediately scored a takedown when action resumed. After finishing the round in top control and dealing overhands and elbows, the points were clearly in his pocket.
Feeling he was down on the cards, Fisher really looked to increase his tempo in the final frame by pressing forward at a faster pace and showing some good dirty boxing. He seemed to have found something in the way Stout was facing him because he continued to throw a series of spinning back fists, but he was never really able to land one of them cleanly. With about two minutes left in the bout, Stout again shot on his opposition and scored another takedown, but Fisher was able to use the cage to shake loose from his grasp. While in the clinch, Stout then got a single leg trip to again return it to the canvas before refer Kevin Mulhall stood them up in the last minute. There were about 30 seconds remaining at this point, and the duo decided to just bang it out until the final horn rang.
The action was rather evenly matched throughout the three rounds in this affair, but the takedown game of Stout proved to be the difference. When the cageside judges revealed their thoughts, it was flush 30-27s for Stout.
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