For an event that looked, on paper, like one of the most lackluster line-ups the UFC has put forth for a UFC Fight Night event, the fighters on the card proved everybody wrong by putting on one of the best shows so far this year.
Spencer “The King” Fisher, coming off a tough loss to the current #1 contender for the UFC Lightweight Title, Hermes Franca, had something to prove in his fight with Sam Stout. Not only was this his comeback fight from the loss to Franca, but it was also his time to avenge an earlier split decision loss to Stout, a fight which Fisher took on extremely short notice.
As soon as the fight started, we saw a new Spencer Fisher, as he came out and literally stalked Stout across the Octagon, throwing multiple combinations that landed flush on the Canadian’s chin. To Stout’s credit, he showed that he has an incredible chin, taking Fisher’s best strikes and remaining seemingly un-phased.
Early on, Stout did manage to unleash enough punches to open a nasty cut on Fisher’s eye and kept everyone wondering if it would be bad enough to stop the fight. While the cut bled throughout all three rounds, it was not enough to deter Fisher from his mission to take Stout apart.
Fisher unloaded combination after combination on his opponent, dominating the stand-up and looking like a changed fighter. Stout had no answer for Fisher’s punching power, and finally after absorbing a ton of punishment, was staggered in the third round, but did maintain his composure and made it to the end of the round.
All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of the Pat Miletich-trained Spencer Fisher, who now moves back into top contention in the UFC’s ever-growing lightweight division.
Jon Fitch was 5-0 in the UFC and was making just his second appearance on UFC television headed into this event. He has widely been known as the best unknown fighter in the UFC, and his arrival on the big stage of UFC Fight Night was almost spoiled by Brazilian fighter Roan Carneiro.
As the fight began, color commentator Joe Rogan mentioned Carneiro’s love of chokes, especially the Anaconda choke, and early in the first round it looked like Rogan called the fight before it even happened. As Fitch fought off the advancing offense of Roan Carneiro, the Brazilian-born fighter locked on a strong Anaconda choke and started to turn, looking for the submission victory.
As the cameras zoomed in on Fitch’s face, his grimace told the whole story, and it looked like we were seconds away from the American Kickboxing Academy fighter’s first loss in the UFC. To Fitch’s credit, he fought the hold and never allowed Carneiro to turn over or fully sink in the choke. Fitch escaped from the choke, and eventually the round ended. Fitch looked more determined than ever in the second round, as he caught Carneiro early on and never let his opponent recover.
After putting Carneiro down against the cage and landing multiple punches on the ground, Fitch closed in on his opponent. Carneiro turned his back, giving Fitch the chance to sink in a rear naked choke, which caused Carneiro to tap out and gave Fitch the victory.
Fitch is now 6-0 in the UFC, and a match-up with perennial contender Karo Parisyan (who is 7-2 in the UFC) seems like a logical next step.
In the opening bout of the live TV broadcast, Drew McFedries came back from his loss to Martin Kampmann with a vengeance, as he quickly dispatched UFC newcomer Jordan Radev. While Radev had an impressive amateur wrestling resume coming into the bout, McFedries showed no fear of Radev’s takedown and instantly engaged with his opponent.
After a thunderous uppercut floored Radev, the Miletich-trained fighter swooped in with a few more punches on the seemingly unconscious Radev, causing the referee to jump in and stop the fight. It took McFedries just 33 seconds to pick up his second win in the UFC, and he did so in impressive fashion.
Two of the evening’s preliminary bouts were also shown on tape during the broadcast.
Welterweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson secured a quick KO victory over Chad Reiner in only 13 seconds.
In lightweight action, Thiago Tavares put on a clinic against tough veteran fighter Jason Black. Tavares showed tremendous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skill by dominating Black throughout the event. Tavares, who came into the fight with an MMA record of 15-0, was questioned by many before the fight because his record was not filled with many well-known fighters. Now, after dominating Black, Tavares will surely garner much more attention.
At 2:49 of the second round, Tavares put Black away with a beautiful triangle choke, proving he belongs in the UFC and will definitely be a force in the lightweight division.
This latest edition of UFC Fight Night will surely go down as one of the best free shows the organization has had since debuting on Spike TV, as every fight shown on the broadcast was exciting. If it ever happens, a third fight between Fisher and Stout to round out a trilogy could definitely draw a big audience. Fight of the Night has to go to Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout, who should both be commended for such a tremendous performance.
For those of you who listened to the post-fight show on MMAWeekly Radio, you — the fans — chose MMAWeekly.com’s Fighter of the Night, and that award goes to Spencer “The King” Fisher, who showed great heart and determination in his victory over Sam Stout. An honorable mention goes to Thiago Tavares, who finished just behind Fisher in overall votes. Thanks, as always, to the great fans who listen to MMAWeekly Radio, and thanks to everyone who voted!
UFC Fight Night 10 Full Results
-Spencer Fisher def. Sam Stout by unanimous decision
-Jon Fitch def. Roan Carneiro by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:07 of Round 2
-Drew McFedries def. Jordan Radev by KO at 0:33 of Round 1
-Thiago Tavares def. Jason Black by submission (triangle choke) at 2:49 of Round 2
-Anthony Johnson def. Chad Reiner by KO at 0:13 of Round 1
-Forrest Petz def. Luigi Fioravanti by unanimous decision
-Tamdan McCrory def. Pete Spratt by submission (triangle choke) at 2:04 of Round 2
-Gleison Tibau def. Jeff Cox by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:52 of Round 1
-Nate Mohr def. Luke Caudillo by unanimous decision