When Spencer Fisher was just a youth, he would practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu moves in his basement, complete with accents that were suppose to be Portuguese.
“I’ve been a Rickson Gracie fan since Day One, and I used to try to emulate those guys when I first started watching the fights and I even developed a Portuguese accent as a kid,” Fisher laughed. “My buddy Gary and I, we would be in my basement and we would hold our hands like those guys did and we would pronounce things like ‘armlock’ like they would.”
This Saturday night, Fisher (24-7) will get a chance to fulfill a life-long dream when he meets Thiago Tavares at UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“To tell you the truth, this is my dream,” Fisher said. “It’s a dream come true to fight in front of those guys, and I’m very thankful to (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva for giving me this chance.”
Fisher knows he has his back up against the wall, as Tavares (15-4) will have the cheers of his home country fueling him. “The King” has also struggled since winning three straight fights in the UFC, dropping three of his last four.
“I’m feeling off of that because it’s all up to him to come out and fight,” Fisher said. “I know his game like the back of my hand. I’m having everybody emulating him, and it’s easy to find guys that are Thiago Tavares. But there’s no way he’s gonna find another Spencer Fisher unless you go through the backwoods of North Carolina. I’ve got jiu-jitsu guys here, his chin is suspect, the cardio’s in my favor, and the pressure’s all on him.
“I’m gonna go out there, and he’s not making it out of round two.”
Fisher knows that he needs to perform well, as the UFC is always looking to trim its roster.
“Of course I’m always looking for the W, but more than anything, I want to give people their money’s worth,” Fisher said. “I’m a fan of (Chris) Lytle and the guy does it again and again. I’m in good shape, I’m having fun, and it’s a cliché, but you’re gonna see me aggressive, I’m gonna come after Thiago, and I’m looking to knock him out.”
UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami takes place this Saturday from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the main event, Anderson Silva defends his middleweight title against Yushin Okami. FightLine.com will have live, ongoing coverage of the event.