|Born||Spencer William Fisher
May 9, 1976
Cashiers, North Carolina, United States
|Other names||The King|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||68.0 in (173 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Spencer William Fisher (born May 9, 1976) is a semi-retired American mixed martial artist from Cashiers, North Carolina. A professional competitor from 2002-2012, he has most recently competed in the UFC's Lightweight division.
Fisher was born in Cashiers, North Carolina, played soccer while growing up, and was also a fan of professional wrestling. Fisher was introduced to martial arts when he began practicing Shotokan Karate and Jeet Kun Do at a young age in his school's cafeteria. Fisher then transitioned to boxing in 1992 and began training for MMA soon after. Before becoming a professional fighter, he worked in landscaping and security.
Mixed martial arts career
Fisher made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 1997 and compiled a record of 14-1 before being signed by the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
He made his UFC debut at Ultimate Fight Night 2, scoring a second-round submission victory over Thiago Alves. He then defeated Aaron Riley at Ultimate Fight Night 3 by TKO due to a doctor stoppage after the first round after Fisher broke Riley's Jaw with strikes. Perhaps Fisher's most notable early fight was with Canadian kickboxer Sam Stout on the undercard of UFC 58. When Stout's original opponent Kenny Florian sustained an injury in training that left him unable to compete, Fisher took the fight on very late notice, reportedly having to cut twenty pounds in the final two days leading up to the match. Although Fisher seemed to land the harder punches, Stout landed more and came away with a controversial split decision.
Fisher returned at UFC 60 against Matt Wiman and won by knockout in the second round, knocking Wiman out with a flying knee. Fisher was able to record another first round TKO at UFC 64 against Dan Lauzon. His win streak came to a halt at Ultimate Fight Night 8, after a back and forth fight Fisher was defeated in the second round by TKO due to punches by Hermes Franca. The bout won the "Fight of the Night" award.
In a highly anticipated rematch, Fisher defeated Sam Stout at Fight Night 10 by unanimous decision after three rounds. This rematch with Stout propelled Fisher into the spotlight, as it was the main event, it won Fight of the Night and because both fighters took massive amounts of punishment throughout the fight. It has also been named as one of the UFC's 100 Greatest Fights. Fisher was scheduled to fight Din Thomas at UFC Fight Night 11, but was forced to withdraw due to a staph infection. Ironically, Fisher's replacement for this match was Kenny Florian, whom Fisher had replaced in the UFC 58 fight against Sam Stout.
Fisher fought Frankie Edgar at UFC 78 on November 17, 2007. Fisher lost the fight by unanimous decision. Fisher's next fight was scheduled to be against Marcus Aurélio at UFC Fight Night 13, but he was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury. With his shoulder healed, Fisher was next scheduled to fight young up and comer Jeremy Stephens at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest Finale on June 21, 2008. Fisher dominated Stephens and won by unanimous decision.
Fisher was scheduled to face vicious striker Duane Ludwig on March 21, 2010 at UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones, but Fisher was forced off the card with an injury. Ludwig faced UFC newcomer Darren Elkins instead.
Fisher faced Dennis Siver on June 19, 2010 at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Following his loss to Stout, Fisher announced he would be retiring from MMA.
Fisher decided against retirement and was expected to face Yves Edwards on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8. However, on July 11, Fisher was removed from the bout due to injury and replaced by Daron Cruickshank.
Fisher is married to female mixed martial arts fighter Emily Fisher. The couple has three daughters.
Fisher pleaded guilty in March 2013 to six misdemeanor charges, including deer hunting with the aid of a motor vehicle, deer hunting after hours, deer hunting using bait, taking a deer by use of an illegal method (rifle), unlawful possession of an illegally taken protected species, and deer hunting from a roadway.
In addition to his fighting career, Fisher owns and operates the "Team Evolution" gym in Moline, Illinois where he trains up-and-coming fighters.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||24 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||24–9||Sam Stout||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida||June 22, 2012||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||24–8||Thiago Tavares||TKO (punches)||UFC 134||August 27, 2011||2||2:51||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||24–7||Ross Pearson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 127||February 27, 2011||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||24–6||Curt Warburton||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 120||October 16, 2010||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||23–6||Dennis Siver||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale||June 19, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||23–5||Joe Stevenson||Submission (elbows)||UFC 104||October 24, 2009||2||4:03||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||23–4||Caol Uno||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 99||June 13, 2009||3||5:00||Cologne, Germany|
|Win||22–4||Shannon Gugerty||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 90||October 25, 2008||3||3:55||Rosemont, Illinois, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Win||21–4||Jeremy Stephens||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest Finale||June 21, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||20–4||Frankie Edgar||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 78||November 17, 2007||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||20–3||Sam Stout||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Stout vs. Fisher||June 12, 2007||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||19–3||Hermes Franca||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Evans vs. Salmon||January 25, 2007||2||4:03||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||19–2||Dan Lauzon||TKO (punches)||UFC 64: Unstoppable||October 14, 2006||1||4:38||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–2||Matt Wiman||KO (flying knee)||UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie||May 27, 2006||2||1:43||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||17–2||Sam Stout||Decision (split)||UFC 58: USA vs. Canada||March 4, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Drops to Lightweight|
|Win||17–1||Randy Hauer||Submission (triangle choke)||Battle at the Boardwalk (Day 1)||February 17, 2006||1||4:18||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||16–1||Aaron Riley||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC Fight Night 3||January 16, 2006||1||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–1||Thiago Alves||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 2||October 3, 2005||2||4:43||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–1||Henry Matamoros||TKO (punches)||SuperBrawl 40||April 30, 2005||1||2:48||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||13–1||Kyle Watson||KO (punch)||Courage Fighting Championships 2||March 26, 2005||1||0:33||Decatur, Illinois, United States|
|Win||12–1||Tim Means||Submission (triangle choke)||IFC: Eve Of Destruction||March 5, 2005||1||1:44||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||11–1||John Strawn||Submission (triangle choke)||VFC 8: Fallout||November 27, 2004||2||3:32||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||10–1||Shawn McCully||KO (punches)||Xtreme Kage Kombat||August 7, 2004||1||1:42||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||9–1||Carlo Prater||Decision (unanimous)||Freestyle Fighting Championships 9||May 14, 2004||3||5:00||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||9–0||Josh Neer||Decision (split)||VFC 7: Showdown||March 6, 2004||5||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||8–0||Eddy Ellis||Submission (armbar)||IFC: Battleground Tahoe||January 31, 2004||2||3:10||Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–0||Daryl Guthmiller||Submission (armbar)||ICC 2: Rebellion||April 18, 2003||2||2:45||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||6–0||Kurt Illeman||KO (punch)||Extreme Challenge 49||February 8, 2003||1||1:42||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||5–0||Jonathan Spears||TKO (punches)||Tuesday Night Fights||December 17, 2002||1||1:02||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||4–0||Adam Copenhaver||TKO (punches)||VFC 3: Total Chaos||November 23, 2002||1||3:54||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||3–0||Tim Palmer||TKO (punches)||VFC 3: Total Chaos||November 23, 2002||1||0:57||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||2–0||Dave Gries||Submission (rear-naked choke)||VFC 3: Total Chaos||November 23, 2002||1||4:28||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||1–0||Ryan Heckert||Submission (armbar)||VFC 2: Bragging Rights||August 17, 2002||1||2:54||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
- Saccaro, Matthew. "Spencer "The King" Fisher Sits Down for a Bleacher Report Exclusive". Bleacher Report.
- In two days, he had to find a way to drop 20 pounds and prepare to face Sam Stout on short notice at UFC 58.
- UFC lightweight contender Spencer "King" Fisher (20-3) has confirmed that a staph infection in his knee has forced him to withdraw from his fight with Din Thomas at UFC Fight Night 11.
- Savage, Greg (March 17, 2008). "Injury Knocks Fisher Out of Aurelio Bout". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
- "Spencer Fisher vs. Duane "Bang" Ludwig targeted for UFC LIVE". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
- "Report: Fisher out, Ludwig faces newcomer Elkins at UFC on Versus 1 in March". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
- "Spencer Fisher vs Dennis Siver signed for Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 11 Finale on June 19". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
- "Spencer Fisher signs four-fight deal, meets newcomer Kurt Warburton at UFC 120". mmajunkie.com. July 5, 2010.
- "Spencer Fisher vs. Ross Pearson targeted for UFC 127 in Australia". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-11-24.
- "UFC 127 preliminary-card results: Pearson tops Fisher, judges rob Fukuda". mmmajunkie.com. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
- "Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares in the works for "UFC: Rio"". mmmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
- "Spencer Fisher vs. Sam Stout III added to UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City". mmmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- "Video: Spencer Fisher retires from MMA after loss to Sam Stout at UFC on FX 4". MMAMania.com. June 22, 2012.
- MMAjunkie.com Staff (April 23, 2013). "Yves Edwards vs. Spencer Fisher added to July's UFC on FOX 8 event". MMAjunkie.com.
- Staff (2013-07-11). "Daron Cruickshank replaces Spencer Fisher, meets Yves Edwards at UFC on FOX 8". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
- "Fisher finds focus for Stout Rematch". CHRON.com. 2007-06-05. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
- "Local MMA fighter fined for poaching deer". Quad City Times. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-03-05.