UFC Fight Night predictions — Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann: Fight card, start time, odds, live stream


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On Saturday night, former title challenger Anthony Smith returns to the Octagon to take on Ryan Spann in the light heavyweight main event of UFC Fight Night. The fight is a big one for both men, with Spann trying to battle his way up the rankings and Smith trying to run his winning streak to three and move closer to a second shot at the championship.

Smith had a rough start to 2020, dropping fights to Glover Teixeira and Aleksandar Rakic and looking as though his time as an elite fighter in the 205-pound division had come to an end. Instead, Smith closed the year with a first-round triangle choke submission of Devin Clark and opened his 2021 campaign with a first-round TKO win against Jimmy Crute.

In Spann’s most recent fight, he scored a TKO win over Misha Cirkunov. That win was a big rebound for Spann after suffering the first loss of his UFC career at the hands of Johnny Walker. Spann is now 9-1 in his 10 most recent fights, including a 5-1 record in the UFC.

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There’s some more fun fights to be found just below the main event on Saturday night. Another pair of light heavyweights meet in the co-main event when Ion Cutelaba takes on Devin Clark. Plus, Ariane Lipski looks to end a short losing skid when she takes on UFC newcomer Mandy Bohm in a women’s flyweight contest. And the man known for his viral knockout, Joaquin Buckley, looks to get back in the win column when he takes on Antonio Arroyo in the main card opener at middleweight.

Here’s the fight card for UFC Fight Night with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

UFC Fight Night card, odds

Anthony Smith -150

Ryan Spann +130

Light heavyweight

Ion Cutelaba -160

Devin Clark +135

Light heavyweight

Ariane Lipski -125

Mandy Bohm +105

Women’s flyweight

Arman Tsarukyan -800 Christos Giagos +525 Lightweight
Tony Gravely -210 Nate Maness +175 Bantamweight
Joaquin Buckley -190 Antonio Arroyo +160 Middleweight

UFC Fight Night viewing information

Date: Sept. 18 | Start time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: UFC Apex — Las Vegas
Stream: ESPN+

Prediction

Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann: This is a very interesting pairing of two men with solid, well-rounded offensive attacks. Both men have the possibility of stopping the fight with strikes or submissions. Smith has proven himself against a far higher level of competition and Spann’s lone UFC loss came in his biggest step up in level of competition. That could be a red flag against someone who has been a top player at 205 for years. The fight may come down to which version of Smith shows up to the Octagon. Spann’s best chance is if it’s the largely passive Smith who was dominated by Teixeira and Rakic. A Spann win wouldn’t shock but Smith is probably the safer bet to edge out the fight. Pick: Anthony Smith via UD





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