The UFC returns to the octagon for a top-ranked middleweight bout of important implications. Read on for our complete breakdown on Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann. They will head-line the UFC in Vegas 36 fight card with the winner taking a step closer to title contention; Continue reading for the updated odds, main event preview and free UFC betting picks.
Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann
UFC Light Heavyweight Main Event Bout
Saturday, September 18, 2021 – 11:05 PM EDT at the UFC Apex Center
Anthony "Lionheart" Smith
- Pro MMA Record: (35-16-0)
- Age: 33
- Height: 6'4"
- Reach: 76.0"
- Training Out Of – factory Muay Thai, Colorado
- Fighting Style: MMA
Rashad Evans, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Volkan Oezdemir, Devin Clark, Jimmy Crute, and Alexander Gustafsson – these are just a handful of talented martial artists who've fallen victim to Anthony "Lionheart" Smith. A future UFC Hall of Famer? Maybe, but an undeniable fact regarding Smith is that he has continuously lived up to the nickname 'Lionheart'.
Aged 33, it cannot be argued that Smith is in the fighting prime of his career; behind a wealth of experience that dates back to 2008 lies a fearless MMA skillset that possesses the athleticism to test anybody in the UFC's light heavyweight division.
Ryan "Superman" Spann
- Pro MMA Record: (19-6-0)
- Age: 30
- Height: 6'5"
- Reach: 81.5"
- Training Out Of - Fortis MMA, Texas
- Fighting Style: MMA
#13 ranked UFC light heavyweight contender Ryan Spann is relatively new to the promotion, especially when comparing experience levels to his opponent this weekend. Spann burst onto the scene in 2018 with an impressive round 1 finish on Dana Whites Contender Series. Still, for the little UFC experience he owns, his fighting abilities can't be questioned - a 5-1 UFC record is evidence of this.
"Superman" Spann is one significant win short of becoming a top-ten ranked contender; as a former LFA (Legacy Fighting Alliance) light heavyweight champion, the Tennessee-born martial artist knows what it takes to outshine his peers.
Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann Betting Odds and UFC in Vegas 37 Best Bets
The BMR current UFC odds are slightly favoring Anthony Smith, and this should come as no surprise. Smith has clearly fought a higher level of competition, and an experience level is unmatchable between the two. The heavier weight classes in MMA always present a knockout threat; Smith and Spann are no different as both men own a diverse and well-rounded striking offense.
In my opinion, the difference-maker in this contest points towards the ground game of Anthony Smith and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt he's utilized so often during his career. In addition, I anticipate that Smith will own the greater wrestling offense, and should take advantage of these assets when faced with the heavy hands of Spann.
With that said, I don't envision Smith ending up a victim within a striking battle. Still, it feels like Smith could secure an easier path to victory by dragging Spann into a grappling war whilst looking for a submission attempt.
UFC in Vegas 37 Betting Prediction: Anthony Smith to win -164 with BetOnline
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UFC IN VEGAS 37 MAIN CARD LINEUP
- Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann [UFC light heavyweight main event bout]
- Ion Cutelaba vs. Devin Clark [UFC light heavyweight co-main event bout]
- Nikolas Motta vs. Cameron VanCamp [UFC welterweight bout]
- Mandy Bohm vs. Ariane Lipski [UFC women's flyweight bout]
- Christos Giagos vs. Arman Tsarukyan [UFC lightweight bout]
- Joaquin Buckley vs. Antonio Arroyo [UFC middleweight bout]