This June, when the UFC makes its way across the Atlantic to hold its first ever fight card in Germany, two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Caol Uno will be joining them.
The news comes via MMA Junkie. If everything pans outs, it appears his first opponent in his second stint with the UFC will be perennial contender, Spencer Fisher.
It has been over five years since Uno left the organization to compete in his native Japan for K-1 Hero’s. He has seen solid success in Japan, amassing a 10-5-1 record since parting way with the UFC. Most recently we had seen him competing in the DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix, making it to the semifinals before dropping hard fought decision loss to Shinya Aoki. It has been 13 years since Uno began competing in sport, and he remains a top fighter, having the ability to beat almost any lightweight in the world on a given night.
He will need more than just a little of that skill in his return to the organization. Spencer Fisher is an extremely crafty fighter who is completely well rounded. He is battle tested against some of the best competition the UFC has to offer, holding quality wins over welterweight top contender Thiago Alves, Jeremy Stephens, Dan Lauzon and Aaron Riley. Being a Militech product, its almost a guarantee Fisher will come into the fight with a good game plan and even better stamina. Not an easy welcome back by any means for Caol Uno.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise considering recently Uno had appeared in a Dana White video blog for UFC 92. Also, Dana had recently expressed his feeling towards Uno is response to questioning about Japanese fighters. He had this to say.
“Caol Uno, I love him. He’ll always be a part of the UFC. We’re talking to him.”
With this being the first fight named for the yet unannounced UFC 99, the card has the proper foundation for a great night of fights. It has also been rumored Mirko Cro Cop would like to fight closer to his home in Croatia, and with the card being held in Germany maybe this is a great time for the UFC to bring him back. His contract was fulfilled after his NYE fight with Hong Man-Choi so he is free to sign anywhere. Wishful thinking, I know, but Cro Cop left a bitter taste in my mouth after his horrible UFC run. I want to see him back to the old Cro Cop kicking people’s heads into the front row.