Lightweights battle for third time on June 22
The two lightweights have agreed to fight for the third time in a rubber match at UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida. UFC officials announced the fight booking late Tuesday night.
UFC on FX 4 takes place June 22, likely at the new Revel resort, which is scheduled to open a month before the UFC comes to town. The event, which gets a main card broadcast on the FX cable network for what will be the fourth time.
Stout and Fisher have split their first two meetings, both in the UFC. At UFC 58 in March 2006, Stout had a successful promotional debut and beat Fisher by split decision. That fight was Fisher's move from welterweight to lightweight and snapped an eight-fight losing streak, including a pair of wins in his first two UFC bouts. At their second fight, which headlined UFC Fight Night 10 in June 2007, Fisher dominated Stout with a 30-27 sweep of the judges' scorecards.
Stout (17-7-1, 6-6 UFC) has four fight night bonus awards in his last six bouts – including three for Fight of the Night. He's 4-2 in those fights, and is coming off a January unanimous decision loss to Thiago Taveres in Tavares' home country of Brazil at UFC 142. That loss snapped a two-fight winning streak that saw him take a unanimous decision against Paul Taylor at UFC 121, then stop Yves Edwards in the first round at UFC 131 last June with a Knockout of the Night that made it onto plenty of year-end highlight reels.
Fisher (24-8, 9-7 UFC) is in the middle of a brutal stretch with four losses in his last five fights. Like Stout, he also is coming off a loss to Tavares. He met the Brazilian at last August UFC 134, also in Brazil, and suffered a second-round TKO loss. Prior to that, he was outpointed by Ross Pearson at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia. Fisher's last win came UFC 120 in October 2010, a unanimous decision over Curt Warburton. At the very least, Fisher will be fighting on his own U.S. soil for the first time a June 2010 loss to Dennis Siver.
The main event for UFC on FX 4 will be a lightweight contenders bout between two-time title challenger Gray Maynard and Clay Guida. UFC on FX 4 will be the UFC's first show in Atlantic City since UFC 53 in June 2005 and seventh there overall. The first three took place at the Trump Taj Mahal, followed by three at the Boardwalk Hall.
Stout vs. Fisher III is one of three trilogy fights on tap for the UFC this summer. Former light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin have agreed to a rubber match at UFC 148 in July. And, of course, on that same card, bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz is expected to defend his title against Urijah Faber in that pair's third meeting. Other famous trilogy fights in UFC history include Frankie Edgar vs. Maynard, Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva vs. Rampage Jackson – though their first two fights, knockout wins for Silva, took place in Pride.