Fisher didn’t always have things his own way, losing on his ACB debut. Credit: ACB/Andrew Fisher/Facebook

Following on from an impressive upset victory over Absolute Championship Berkut ranked contender Akop Stepanyan, we analyse the potential opponents for Sunderland’s Andrew Fisher’s next bout.

Following the Wearside native’s emphatic return to ACB in Sheffield, cruising to a unanimous decision victory over former UFC athlete Nicklas Backstrom, Fisher was up against the odds yet again when he faced the number 6 ranked Akop Stepanyan.

However, following a tentative first round from both fighters, Fisher landed a beautiful body shot to the injured Russian, forcing him to the floor and forcing referee Herb Dean to call a halt to proceedings in the process.

For the Team Fish Tank athlete, it represents another notable win, adding to a fantastic 2017 for the featherweight, winning all three of his bouts.

Following this success, Fisher has recently been instated as the new number 6 in the latest ACB featherweight ranking’s, an impressive feat two fights into his contract.

Fisher has been known for his willingness and eagerness to fight the very best, and upon receiving the news of his induction into the top ten, Fisher has stated he would love to face the top five fighters of the division in 2018.

One of the top five contenders he could potentially face would be Russia’s Alexander Peduson. With an outstanding record of 12-1, “Mowgli” has amassed three consecutive wins since his first loss with ACB, the exact situation Fisher finds himself in.

A fight between the two rising contenders would surely see the victor one fight away from a title shot. With Fisher opening up about limited time as far as his fighting career is concerned, an ACB title win could be the cherry on the cake for the North East veteran.

Having both seen out their last fight in 2017 relatively early on, Luis Palomino will be another man on the radar of Fisher. ‘Baboon’ is as experienced as they come with 40 fights, amassing 26 wins in the process.

Perhaps known mostly for his sequel with UFC star Justin Gaethje, Palomino is a crowd-pleaser with 15 of his 26 wins coming by way of knock-out.

Not only would it see two veterans pit their wits against each other, it would make for a fascinating watch with both fighters primarily fighting on their feet, utilising their strike-power.