Spencer Fisher

UFC Fight Night 10 Media Roundup

Here’s a collection of all of the stuff the media is putting out there to help cover tonight’s UFC Fight Night 10:

MMA Media

Sherdog: Stout Hopes to Quiet Critics; Tibau Ready for Another UFC Challenge; Fighters Make Weight for UFC Fight Night
MMA Weekly: Sam Stout Ready for Fight Night and Fisher
The Fight Network: The Breakdown: UFC Fight Night
Inside Fighting: UFC Fight Night Preview
UFC: Fisher Looks for Redemption in Rematch with Stout; Fitch Enjoying The Ride; Jason Black - Filling The Void; McCrory proving that the Kids with Glasses can Throw Down

US News

NBC Sports: With a few more wins, stardom should find Fitch
Miami Herald: Weight and see on Fisher-Stout
Long Beach Press Telegram: Fisher gets shot at payback
South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Fisher confident, but Stout is motivated in lead up to UFC bout

Canadian News

TSN: Stout ready for re-match with Fisher
Sportsnet: Stout employs business-like approach
London Free Press: Stout has reached the equivalent of the NHL in MMA

CKA: Apr 26, 2007

News and Notes

- The rumors section has been updated once again…

- Cage Rage has announced the card for it’s July 14th event, Cage Rage 22: Hard as Hell at the Wembley Arena in London, England:

Eric Esch vs Tengiz Tedoradze
Mario Sperry vs Lee Hasdell
Rob Broughton vs Gary Turner
Herb Dean vs Dave Legeno
Mark Buchanan vs James McSweeney
Paul Cahoon vs Mark Epstein
Ronnie Mann vs Robbie Olivier
Marius Zaromskis vs Ross Mason
Ross Pointon vs Dean Bray
Joe Mac vs Jeremy Bailey
Michael Johnson vs Damien Riccio

- Kazushi Sakuraba landed in Brazil earlier this week to train with the Chute Boxe team in preparation for his pending bout at K-1 and EliteXC’s event on June 2nd. An opponent for Sakuraba has not yet been named but rumors have been floating around for a couple of weeks now that he will be matched up against Royce Gracie for a rematch of their famous 90 min brawl in PRIDE…

- Spencer Fisher will take on Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 10 on June 9th…

- KOAT, an ABC tlevision affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico is reporting that the city will host UFC 74 on August 25th at the University of New Mexico’s basketball arena which seats 18,000. They stated they received the information from Diego Sanchez who also said that he would be fighting on the card…

- The UFC apparently chose not to administer drug tests to the fighters that competed at UFC 69 and UFC 70 according to the Houston Chronicle.

UFC Fight Night 8 Live Blog

We are live doing our one of our patented live blogs! Be sure to comment throughout the night…

Also check out our official preview and predictions for this event…

UFC Fight Night 8 Preview

UFC Fight Night 8 Predictions

Tonight’s lineup for those who are wondering -

Televised Fights:
Rashad Evans vs Sean Salmon
Heath Herring vs Jake O’Brien
Hermes Franca vs Spencer Fisher

Swing Bout:
Nate Marquardt vs Dean Lister (will be televised if there is TV time remaining)

Undercard Bouts:
Clay Guida vs Din Thomas
Chad Reiner vs Josh Burkman
Ed Herman vs Chris Price
Ross Pointon vs Rich Clementi

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UFC Fight Night 8 Preview

Here is a preview John and I put together for UFC Fight Night 8 along with a little commercial for everyone…

Televised Fights:
Rashad Evans vs. Sean Salmon
Heath Herring vs. Jake O’Brien
Hermes Franca vs. Spencer Fisher

Undercard Bouts:
Nate Marquardt vs. Dean Lister
Clay Guida vs. Din Thomas
Chad Reiner vs. Josh Burkman
Ed Herman vs. Chris Price
Ross Pointon vs. Rich Clementi

Be sure to tune in tomorrow night as we’ll be doing one of our patented ‘Live Blogs’ starting at 8 PM EST!

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Fisher-Franca: On or Off?

Will someone tell me what the hell is going on?

Yesterday there was a thread running rampant on The Underground saying that Spencer Fisher was injured and won’t be able to fight tomorrow night. Eventually it was just written off as a post by your basic internet troll…

However even bigger things have happened today - While the UFC (who is traditionally slow at updating their website) hasn’t announced anything concerning the fight, many betting sites such as Bet Eagle have now taken the fight off of the lines.

Bodog still has the fight up for betting but Franca’s opponent is now listed as Diego Saraieva.

What makes this even crazier is that MMA Weekly posted an interview with Fisher today that discusses his fight with Franca. The UFC also put a couple of pre-fight videos on their site including the two as well. Of course those items could always be dated material…

I’m going to keep trying to find out what is really going on. If anyone has any information, you are more than welcome to leave a comment…

Update 1:45 PM: On a side note I was browsing through Sherdog and I see that we are being mentioned with the big boys now…

No sign of the fight being off on subfighter.com, mmaontap.com, mmaweekly.com, UFC.com, or sherdog.com except for this thread, so I’m not so sure yet. But the fact that some sportsbooks have dropped it is a little scary. But I would think by now that one of these mma sites would have posted an update.

Don’t worry Paul, I’m on top of things…

Monte Cox stated to us last night that Fisher was ready to go. I tried to contact him today for confirmation but attempts to reach him have been unsuccessful as of right now.

Update 2:00 PM: NBC Sports has now made the situation a little clearer and I now feel stupid for not thinking this way:

(Look under News and Rumors)

Much speculation has surrounded the status of Spencer Fisher, who is scheduled to fight in Thursday night’s Fight Night event against Hermes Franca in a lightweight match. A few MMA outlets claimed that Fisher had suffered a knee injury in training and would not be able to participate, and several sportsbooks took the fight off the board, but as of Wednesday morning, he is still scheduled to fight, according to a UFC spokesperson. The weigh-in is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., and his appearance or lack thereof will bring further clarity to the situation.

Update 2:21 PM: NBC is reporting that the fight is on. Now comes the debate as to how Diego Saraiva was brought into the rumor mill…

Update 7:45 PM: Sherdog is reporting that Diego Saraiva will be replacing Melvin Guillard at UFC 67: All or Nothing. Guillard was supposed to fight Dustin Hazelett but he was forced to withdraw when he suffered an injury in training.

CKA: Jan 19, 2007

News and Notes

- Renato “Babalu” Sobral will make his return to the octagon at UFC 68 on March 3rd when he faces Jason Lambert.  Sobral last appeared in the octagon at UFC 62 when he suffered a devastating knock out loss to the hands of the UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.

- Martin Kampmann will be fighting on the upcoming UFC 68 card, his opponent is currently unknown.

- It looks like Matt Lindland will be making his way over to BodogFight to face PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

- Last night Dana White took part in a special chat for all of the ‘UFC Fight Club’ members. Here is some interesting information that came out of the chat…

Mason: Have you ever considered having a legends type fight on a card, such as Randy vs. Bas Rutten?
Dana White: We always want to put on the fights the fans want to see. I would love to bring Bas back.

rickrock: Would you like to see Wanderlei Silva back in the octagon? Has there been any steps taken to try and sign him?
Dana White: I would love to have Silva in the UFC, it’s always my goal to get the best fighters in the world to fight for us. Hopefully we will see that fight in 2007.

Poundem: Dana, were do you see the UFC in 5 years from now?
Dana White: Poundem, I see us GLOBAL.

tootall2: Do you intend to keep bringing the better - fighters from other organizations, or is there a plan to absorb other organizations, such as Pride - and thanks for bringing excitement back to professional fighting.
Dana White: Totall, it’s my goal to acquire all the best fighters in the world and if things go my way, I will have them all by the end of year.

Poundem: What is your plan for Fedor, or do you have one? Would you like to get him in the UFC?
Dana White: Poundem, I want Fedor and everyone else in the UFC.

DrWu: If you could change one thing about the rules of fighting in the octagon, what would it be and why?
Dana White: I would add knees to the head.

dnkyntz: Could you talk about the rumors regarding Zuffa acquiring Pride?
Dana White: Obviously we are out there acquiring other MMA companies right now and if Pride is for sale, I’m interested.

Raiderbeast:Before leaving tonight, can you tell us if another big Pride fighter will show up in the UFC anytime soon?
Dana White: Count on it!!

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UFC: Spencer Fisher – From a Small Town to the Big Time

For the folks back home, the 5-7 Fisher was going to the relatively big city of Bettendorf, Iowa to train in some sport he called mixed martial arts. He might as well have told them he was going to be the star in a high-wire trapeze act, because that probably got more recognition from mainstream America in 2002.

But fast forward to 2006, and Fisher has not only carved out a niche for himself in MMA, currently the fastest growing sport in the world, but he’s one of the featured fighters on a Spike TV fight card on January 25th and his face is plastered on the event’s poster. So when he visits family in Cashiers, things have changed a bit for him.

“They love it,” said Fisher. “They keep up with it, and when I go back home they say, ‘hey, I saw you on TV the other day,’ and it’s a big deal to them. It’s nice to know that I have fans. Before I made it on TV, I’d go back home and people would say ‘what are you doing now?’ I’d tell them and they’d go ‘Oh jeez,’ and it was kind of a joke until they saw it on TV and they saw that there were real punches and real kicks and now there’s a respect that goes along with it.”

MMAWeekly: UFC Champ Ready for Cro Cop and Couture

UFC Fight Night Card is Set

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially announced that the January 25th UFC Fight Night card is set and it will feature 8 fights. The event will take place in Hollywood, FL at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena. Here is the current card…

Rashad Evans vs. Sean Salmon
Jake O’Brien vs. Heath Herring
Hermes Franca vs. Spencer Fisher
Dean Lister vs. Nate Marquardt
Chad Reiner vs. Josh Burkman
Ed Herman vs. Chris Price
Clay Guida vs. Din Thomas
Ross Pointon vs. Rich Clementi

Fans are guaranteed three live bouts which will be Fisher vs. Franca, O’Brien vs. Herring and Evans vs. Salmon. If there are a few quick finishes we may get to see some of the undercard action. The event will go live at 8 PM EST on Spike TV.

UFC Update: Herring, Cro Cop, Franca, WEC

MMAWeekly and Sherdog both now have articles up which are reporting that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has signed in the UFC. The announcement will be made this Saturday at UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz II. Cro Cop’s first fight is expected to come at UFC 67 against Eddie Sanchez.

Along with the signing of Mirko Cro Cop, it has been announced and PRIDE and K-1 veteran Heath Herring has signed a five-fight deal with the UFC which will see him make his debut January 25th against Jake O’Brien. Herring was one of the many contracts acquired when the UFC bought out the WFA.

InsideFighting is reporting that Hermes Franca will make his return to the octagon against Spencer Fisher on January 25th at the UFC Fight Night in Miami, Florida. Nothing has been confirmed but it is expected that the winner will become the number one contender in the lightweight division. Franca’s manager, Joe Mullings said, ““Nothing is guaranteed but the direction of conversation has been that either Fisher or Franca will likely be in line for a shot at (UFC lightweight champion) Sean (Sherk).”

Things are starting to come together with the UFC and HBO, as I posted yesterday, Larry Merchant confirmed that the UFC would appear on the network when he said “People look at it (UFC) as real wrestling. And next year HBO and Showtime, they both will test the waters and see if this works. I don’t know what Showtime is doing, but we’ll do four and see how it goes.”

MMAWeekly is reporting that various independent sources have confirmed that WEC will no renew their deal with HDNet but rather they will sign a deal with Versus. The deal calls for six shows to be televised next year including three live shows and three on tape delay. The first Zuffa-owned WEC event will take place January 20th as Kit Cope and Rob McCullough will be headlining the card. It is still unknown whether or not this event will be included in the television deal. Both McCullough and Cope’s contracts were acquired when the UFC purchased the WFA.

Two New Champions Crowned

What a night! When sitting here and looking back on tonight’s event I am lost for words.

The evenings event was kicked off with a fight between lightweight contender Spencer Fisher and 18-year old Dan Lauzon. Lauzon worked well early on but Fisher overcame his initial assault and returned fire with some good punches and knees. Fisher was eventually able to rock Lauzon and the fight was called at 4:38 of the first round.

Next up was a battle between the big men. The question coming into this fight was would Carmello Marrero be able to take Kongo down. Marrero showed he could do just that as he took Kongo down at will throughout the whole fight and neutralized anything Kongo had to offer. Kongo didn’t do much throughout the first two rounds but he look a little better in the third. In the end though that wasn’t enough and the fight was scored a split decision win for UFC newcomer Carmello Marrero.

After a tribute to UFC legend Ken Shamrock, Jon Fitch and Kuniyoshi Hironaka took to the octagon. Hironaka looked excellent early in the first as he caught Fitch in a triangle which he worked for the majority of the first. Fitch eventually broke free and he ended the first on a high note as he took Hironaka’s back and worked for a submission.

The second and thirds were a lot alike. Fitch came out hard each round and imposed his will on the Japanese fighter working some vicious ground and pound along with some good stand-up. At one point in the second Fitch took a shot to the face which caused he nose to bleed but it had little effect and the outcome was definitive as Fitch was declared the winner by unanimous decision.

To me Fitch showed a lot tonight. He showed he can overcome adversity and that he is touch as hell. Fitch got caught in a submission early but he weathered the storm and from that point on he controlled the fight with vicious ground and pound and striking.

Next up was the co-main event of the evening for the UFC lightweight title. Sean Sherk proved that the lightweight division is the proper place for him.

Sherk came out early and secured a strong takedown and that set the tone for the fight. Sherk worked excellent ground and pound throughout the whole fight and he neutralized anything Florian had to offer except for the little roadblock he ran into in the second round.

While working from the top, Sherk was firing off his shots and Florian threw an elbow from the bottom. The shot landed and opened up a big cut on the forehead of Sean Sherk. The cut had to be checked but the fight was allowed to continue. Blood poured out of the cut but Sherk jumped the hurdle and continued to pound Florian for the remaining three rounds.

Sherk was able to neutralize any offense Florian had to offer by taking him to the canvas time after time. Late in the final round, Sherk picked Florian up and slammed him to the canvas sending one final message to the crowd. In the end Sean Sherk won by unanimous decision and was crowned the new UFC lightweight champion.

Next up was the fight everyone had been waiting for, the battle for the UFC middleweight title between Rich Franklin and Anderson Silva. As the fighters made their ways to the octagon you could sense the difference in attitudes. Silva looked very calm, composed and ready while Franklin on the other hand came out looking pissed and uptight.

Anderson Silva dominated Rich Franklin from start to finish as he utilized a devastating Thai clinch. In one exchange Franklin was able to land a couple of shots but that was the beginning of the end. Silva worked hard knees to the body and head before momentarily releasing his grip. When he grabbed back on he fired off a knee that landed square to the face and broke Franklin’s nose and sent him crumbling to the canvas.

Afterwards Silva was very emotional as he was crowned the new UFC middleweight champion of the world. Franklin was very humble and he assured fans that he’d work his way back up the ranks.

In other action, Clay Guida put on a ground and pound clinch and he went to work on Justin James choked him out late in the second round after working some excellent ground and pound.

Yushin Okami moved one step closer to being middleweight contender as he knocked out ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ alumnus Kalib Starnes late in the third round.

Kurt Pellegrino set himself straight tonight after losing in his UFC debut as he choked out Junior Assuncao early in the first round.

Fisher Out, Franca In

Miletich Fighting System’s Spencer Fisher has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 62 fight versus Jamie Varner due to a back injury suffered in training.

Hermes Franca has confirmed that he will be Fisher’s replacement. Franca is currently on a 5 fight winning streak.

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