According to MMAJunkie.com, bout agreements for a UFC 104 fight between lightweights Spencer “The King” Fisher and Joe “Daddy” Stevenson are being finalized. This match-up is intriguing for a host of reasons, one being that both fighters are perennial contenders who have recently scored big wins — Fisher over former title challenger Caol Uno and Stevenson over TUF5 winner Nate Diaz.
Fisher, who owns a 2005 submission victory over former welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves, has always been a fringe contender in the UFC. Every time he has been on a roll and it looked like he would break through to the next level, he has suffered a setback. Currently sporting a three fight win streak, a win over Stevenson would likely be the most prolific of Fisher’s career. As for Stevenson, his career was hanging by a thread as he had posted a 1-3 record in his four fights leading up to his recent bout with Nate Diaz. Under extreme pressure, Stevenson was able to pull out the W by sticking to a strict takedown-oriented gameplan. The winner of this bout will experience a career resurgence of sorts while the loser will be labeled a permanent lightweight gatekeeper.
Diego Sanchez is already slated to fight the winner of this weekend’s BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian title fight. As for the rest of the division, Xtreme Couture standout Gray Maynard is set to take on Roger Huerta at UFC Fight Night 19 in what will be an important fight for both men. A win for Maynard would make him undefeated in seven UFC fights and would likely put him at the top of the contender list. Frank Edgar has also made serious waves in the division by besting Jim Miller, Tyson Griffin, Fisher, Hermes Franca, and, in his most recent bout, former champion Sean Sherk. The winner of the Fisher vs. Stevenson bout could find himself in the mix for a future title shot as well. Other notable lightweight bouts taking place in the organization in the near future include Josh Neer vs. Kurt Pellegrino, Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller, and Griffin vs. Franca.