UFC 134 breakdown: Tavares vs. Fisher

UFC 134 breakdown: Tavares vs. Fisher

Published Aug. 25, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Thiago Tavares (15-4-1) vs. Spencer Fisher (24-7)

TV: Spike TV

In preliminary action, these two exciting lightweights are eager to bounce back from losses.

Tavares, 26, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, is coming off a knockout loss to WEC standout Shane Roller. Before that, the Brazilian Top Team product had wins over Manny Gamburyan and Pat Audinwood.


Fisher, 35, has been a staple of UFC cards since 2005. Throughout his octagon campaign, the Team Evolution founder has amassed marquee wins against Thiago Alves, Aaron Riley, Matt Wiman, Sam Stout, Jeremy Stephens and Caol Uno. The southpaw is looking to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to Ross Pearson in February.

Tavares is younger and more explosive. Fisher may be enjoying the final years of his career, but Tavares will be intent on putting on a show for his Brazilian fans. Expect Tavares to have Fisher’s number anywhere the fight goes, picking him apart en route to a decision win.

Verdict: Tavares via decision