Spencer Fisher (above) will battle Thiago Tavares at UFC “Rio.”
| Photo: Dave Mandel
The fight card for UFC “Rio” is
beginning to fill out, as a lightweight scrap between veterans
Fisher and Thiago
Tavares is reportedly in the works for the August event.
Tavares confirmed the news to Sherodog.com on Saturday; the pairing
was first reported by Portal do Vale Tudo.
“I can’t believe it yet,” said Tavares. “It’s a dream come true. I
was thinking that it was impossible for me to fight in my country.
I felt like crying when I heard this news.
“Fisher is a really tough guy. He’s [Pat] Miletich’s student and
has excellent sparring partners, like Matt Hughes and Robbie
Lawler,” Tavares asserted. “I’ll be ready, in the best shape of my
life. The war will be in my territory, and I hope for a great
performance in front of my audience.”
UFC “Rio” is scheduled to go down August 27 from the HSBC Arena in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event, which marks the
UFC's first trip to Brazil since 1998, will likely be headlined
by a middleweight title confrontation between dominant champion
Silva and No. 1 contender Yushin
A 15-time UFC veteran, Fisher has lost three of his last four bouts
in the Octagon. After racking up three-straight wins from 2008 to
2009, “King” was finished by Joe
Stevenson at UFC 104. The 34-year-old would follow that loss
with another defeat, coming up short in a hard-fought, three-round
affair with Dennis Siver
last June. Though Fisher would rebound with a victory, out-pointing
Warburton on the Brit's home soil at UFC 120, the southpaw fell
in his most recent outing to Warburton's countryman Ross
Pearson at UFC 127 in February.
Tavares also comes off a loss heading into his showdown with the
American. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt looked sharp in his
most recent outing, staggering Shane
Roller with punches in the first round of their UFC Live 3
bout. Roller proved resilient, however, and landed a bomb in round
two that floored Tavares and finished the fight. Prior to that
loss, the Brazilian had gone 2-0-1 in his last three fights,
Gamburyan and Pat
Audinwood while drawing with Nik Lentz,
Gleidson Venga contributed to this report.