by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
After short courtship, Caol Uno appears headed back to the Octagon.
The former UFC lightweight and Japanese mainstay is expected to make his return to the American promotion in July at UFC 99 against tough veteran Spencer Fisher.
The fight is the first bout to be confirmed for the UFC’s first trip to Germany, set for June 13 in Cologne.
Though bout agreements have not been sent for either fighter, sources close to Fisher and Uno’s camps have confirmed that they have agreed to face each other. The fight is expected to be finalized by the end of this week.
A source close to Uno said his December loss to Shinya Aoki in the finals of Dream’s Lightweight Grand Prix completed his obligations to the Japanese promotion. Subsequently, matchmakers for World Victory Road attempted to sign him to fight in Sengoku, but were rebuffed. At UFC 94, he was seen palling around with UFC President Dana White, who later confirmed his interest in Uno.
Since leaving the UFC, Uno kept in the winning percentile, racking up 10 wins to 5 losses with K-1 Hero’s and Dream. Save for a decision loss to Andre Amade at the K-1 Hero’s Tournament Final in 2007, the 33-year-old fighter’s losses came only from Top 10 ranked opponents. In the UFC, his luck was mixed, with three wins and losses and a sole draw. One of Shooto’s early stars, Uno has an overall record of 25-11-4 in 12-plus years of competition.
Fisher, 32, rebounded from a UFC 78 decision loss to Frank Edgar with two straight victories against up-and-comers Jeremy Stephens and Shannon Gugerty at The Ultimate Fighter 7 finale and UFC 90, respectively. A perennial contender in the lightweight division, he has amassed seven victories with three defeats in his three years with the UFC.