Spencer Fisher: I've Been Training with Freddie Roach for Sam Stout

Matthew RothFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2012

Photo via UFC.com/Getty Images
Photo via UFC.com/Getty Images

Spencer Fisher looked to be in great spirits at the UFC on FX 4 open workouts for the attending media. Normally these events are held so photographers can get action shots while the fighters slowly shadowbox. Spencer opted to instead use the opportunity to get some pad work in and threw every combination with bad intentions.

After working up a bit of a sweat he spoke with attending media to talk about his upcoming fight with longtime rival Sam Stout. It will be the third fight in a fantastic trilogy and the co-main event of the evening. 

"Our last two fights were nominated fight of the year and this will be no different. I promise the fans that I'm gonna give it everything I have and look for a knockout," said Fisher. "We've both had our ups and downs and right now we're having our downs. I think the last time we fought we were both coming off losses and theres nothing I want more than to go out there and get this W."

As far as trilogies go in MMA, there are very few that can match the excitement that Fisher and Stout have provided for fans. Both fighters are more than capable of fighting everywhere but they definitely are at their best when fighting on their feet. They've split the first two fights which makes this one the most important of their respective careers. 

"This trilogy is going to be like Arturo Gatti/Micky Ward, I promise you that. I think our fight is the best technical standup in the UFC," Fisher opined. "I think mine and his fights have proven it and I will battle with anybody to show the professional boxing world what MMA is all about when you watch Sam Stout and I fight."

Spencer was a longtime student of Pat Miletich as a cornerstone of the MFS fight team. No longer a member of that camp, Fisher has found a new home in Southern California. He now works with possibly the most highly regarded boxing trainers in the world in Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Southern California.   

It's been a dream come true. I got to train with Freddie Roach and that in itself, I didn't get to spend my full camp with him but I was able to work with him so it was a blessing to do that. Also I got to work with Rashad Holloway who is Manny Pacquiao's training partner which was great. They just see these small things that Sam's going to try and exploit and see things on him that is open quite a bit. I think they've shown me some things on him, his head sticks out a lot and I'm gonna look to hit the chin whenever his hands are in a position to do so. I only got to work with him a couple times but I got to work with his right hand man Paul as well. Just being in the presence of those guys there's no other feeling in the world.

Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout fight on Friday night in the co-main event on FX. Hopefully this fight lives up to the excitement of the first two. Knowing both fighters, they'll put in the effort to ensure that fight fans remember it for a long long time.