On June 13 of 2009, Spencer Fisher defeated Caol Uno at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany via unanimous decision. The victory for marked his third consecutive win in the Octagon, and it seemed that “The King” had finally found the consistency he needed to make a run at the promotion’s coveted lightweight crown.
However, just over four months later, Joe Stevenson spoiled Fisher’s run towards a title, pummeling the UFC veteran into submission in the second round of their UFC 104 affair.
Utterly outclassed from the opening bell, Fisher looked back to analyze what had led to the disappointing outcome against a man who had struggled in recent history inside the cage. The Team Sityodtong fighter was quick to notice a slacking off that had compromised the necessary preparation for a fight against the former top contender. And now he feels he is ready to climb back up the ranks of the 155-pound division after working out his mishaps.
“I didn’t do things I was supposed to do. I was on a three-fight winning streak and I was getting a little lazy,” Fisher says. “I’m below Stevenson. He beat me, and I just have to work my way back up. The biggest thing for me is I don’t dwell on the past too much. I look forward to the next fight and I want to just keep plugging away and put on exciting fights for everybody.”
In his first fight since his loss to Stevenson, Fisher takes on European striker Dennis Siver on the main card of “The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz”. Siver, who, like Fisher, lost his last bout, has made a name for himself due to his flashy stand up arsenal, which includes a spinning back kick that has yielded him several knockout victories in recent history.
Against a calculated knockout artist with killer instinct, Fisher remains confident in his striking ability, seeing a similarity between himself and Siver (minus the spinning back kicks). Yet with plenty of similarities, Fisher stands strong in his belief that he holds the edge in every aspect of the fighting game, including experience.
“It’s like looking in the mirror,” Fisher says. “He’s very similar to how I am. I just think everything that he’s good at, I’m a little better at. You know, I’ve been here a little bit longer, and Saturday night I’ll show it.”
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