MMAJunkie.com is reporting that a lightweight match up between Spencer Fisher and Thiago Tavares is being looked at for the UFC’s planned summer return to Brazil: “UFC: Rio,” which is planned for August 27th.
Spencer “The King” Fisher has been a staple of the lightweight division since his debut at 155lbs. at UFC 58 in 2006. The 34-year old has hit a bit of a skid recently, going 1-3 in his last four outings. He bounced back from a two-fight losing streak to Joe Stevenson and Dennis Siver by taking out Curt Warburton this past October. Unfortunately, Fisher dropped a unanimous decision to British scrapper Ross Pearson in his most recent outing, which came at UFC 127 this past February. Fisher’s overall record sits at 24-7.
Brazilian fighter Thiago Tavares is in a similar situation to Fisher, as he has gone 3-2-1 in his last six bouts. In his most recent performance — which came at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann this past March — Tavares was on his way to putting on a clinic over WEC veteran Shane Roller before Roller rallied in the second round to score a knockout win. Tavares’ is 4-4-1 in the UFC, while his overall record reads 15-4-1.
This bout is in keeping with UFC: Rio’s other scheduled bouts, which all so far feature at least one Brazilian.
UFC: Rio will mark the UFC’s first trip back to Brazil since 1998 and will be held at the 18,000 seat HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.