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UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann

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05.17.2021 | 1:17 PM ET

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UFC Fight Night
  • Saturday 09.18.2021 at 04:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: ESPN+
  • Name: UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann
  • Also Known As: UFC Vegas 37
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Endeavor
  • Venue: UFC APEX
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Brendan Fitzgerald, Michael Bisping
  • Ring Announcer: Joe Martinez
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Michael Bisping
  • MMA Bouts: 14
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Bout   Info
Anthony Smith   defeats   Ryan Spann   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke   3:47 Round 1 of 5 Bout Page
Ion Cutelaba   defeats   Devin Clark   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Ariane Lipski   defeats   Mandy Böhm   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Arman Tsarukyan   defeats   Christos Giagos   via KO/TKO, Left Hook to Ground Strikes   2:09 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Nate Maness   defeats   Tony Gravely   via KO/TKO, Counter Hook to Ground Strikes   2:10 Round 2 of 3, 7:10 Total Bout Page
Joaquin Buckley   defeats   Antônio Arroyo   via KO/TKO, Right Hook to Ground Strikes   2:26 Round 3 of 3, 12:26 Total Bout Page
Tafon Nchukwi   defeats   Mike Rodriguez   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Raquel Pennington   defeats   Pannie Kianzad   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Zhu Rong   defeats   Brandon Jenkins   via KO/TKO, Ground and Pound   4:35 Round 3 of 3, 14:35 Total Bout Page
Montel Jackson   defeats   JP Buys   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Erin Blanchfield   defeats   Sarah Alpar   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Carlston Harris   defeats   Impa Kasanganay   via KO/TKO, Hooks to Ground Strikes   2:38 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Gustavo Lopez   vs.   Heili Alateng   Ends in a Draw, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Hannah Goldy   defeats   Emily Whitmire   via Submission, Armbar   4:17 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page

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Thewelshguy1998
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08.26.2021 | 1:10 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 14 Winners, 2 Perfect, 415 Points   |   Tied for 2520th

Spann will bring it to him I know it was just misha cirkunov but he looked sharp his last fight 
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08.26.2021 | 11:56 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 9 of 14 Winners, 3 Perfect, 540 Points   |   Tied for 1200th

Buckley vs. Arroyo
Antônio Arroyo, TKO, R2
Buckley will probably swing like crazy early in the fight, but Arroyo is a much more technical striker capable of working with body kicks from the start of the fight. In addition, in case of going to the ground, Arroyo has 4 victories by submission (mainly by arm-triangle choke). Arroyo despite being 0-2 in the UFC, his losses were against a ranked Muniz and against a Winn whom he beat in the first round with a good use of striking, but then he was surpassed by the takedown game of an Olympic Wrestler like Winn in the last 2 rounds. 


PS: I don't usually comment on this type of thing but it seems to me that this card is probably a gambler paradise: Jackson, Blanchfield, Gravely, Impa and Tsarukyan are safe picks and at least the first 4 will be between -200 or less. (Besides that some other fights on the card could also have close or interesting odds).

* Edited at 08.27.2021, 2:32 AM ET *

2021.08.29 7:58 PM ET

bout announced

Mandy Böhm vs. Ariane Lipski at 125 lbs (56.7 kg)
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08.30.2021 | 11:04 PM ET

Predictions: 9 of 14 Winners, 1 Perfect, 505 Points   |   Tied for 1575th

Looking forward to seeing Motta throwing hands again.  Been waiting to see him again since he busted up Lowery on the contender
foppa420
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08.31.2021 | 10:39 PM ET

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 0 Perfect, 450 Points   |   Tied for 2291st

This card is sneaky good.

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09.01.2021 | 10:42 AM ET

Predictions: 0 of 1 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 3292nd

This is a hard fight to pick, especially after the Walker fiasco against Spann. Had him done but made a huge mistake in fight IQ. That is exactly what Smith is good at taking advantage of, we know this. He gets his ass kicked and then if possible he makes a comeback.

Spann needs to keep this standing, while Smith does has good stand-up, Spann is going to hit much harder and quicker. Smith has little options on the feet, he'll have to try and get Spann down which could be hard depending on where Spann is at now.

This is most likely going Spann's way, if he fights smart. 

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DCpredictions
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09.03.2021 | 6:16 PM ET

Predictions: 11 of 14 Winners, 1 Perfect, 620 Points   |   Tied for 347th

Bruh even money pick em between Rodriguez and tafon? Thoughts on this fight before I hammer the side I like?
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09.04.2021 | 11:42 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 8 of 13 Winners, 3 Perfect, 490 Points   |   Tied for 1879th

Smith vs. Spann
Anthony Smith, DEC
Trained a few times with Smith since he's been at both the gyms I've trained at in NE, and I won't ever pick against someone I've traded leather with. But this fight is one of the scarier match ups on the roster for him IMO. I like that he's been busy and not behind the desk a lot for the UFC, it definitely shows in his performances and he seemed in great shape when he came back from Colorado for a bit. Close fight where I give Smith technique and cardio but Spann definitely has 1 hitter quitter power.

Bush vs. Rong
Dakota Bush, SUB, R3
Bush is a good fighter. Hubbard is Kryptonite to guys like him and by all means he gave a decent account of himself. But where Hubbard shut him down I think Zhu will have no answers for Bush's forward pace and hyper-aggressive shots. Sadly a lot of these chinese MMA guys seem to have weak wrestling credentials, which is why the main success stories you see are ones like Li and Yadong who went to wrestling heavy camps to train. This is one of my most confident picks on this card.

Nchukwi vs. Rodriguez
Tafon Nchukwi, DEC
Mike Rodriguez is a lot better than he gets credit for. But it's like the matchmakers want him out of the UFC, cause they couldn't keep giving him worse stylistic fights, I think Rodriguez has top 20 potential but he wilts against people like Tafon. This fight is going to go down just like Tafon's fight with Pickett style wise. Not in my top three, but a very confident pick.

Maness vs. Gravely
Tony Gravely, DEC
Gravely is a dogs dog in the MMA wrestling game, and I don't know what Maness is going to bring to stop that in it's entirety. I think this fight is going to like lava flowing downhill. Dynamic and explosive in the first until Maness is just stuck solid underneath Gravely exhausted in the third.

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09.05.2021 | 1:07 AM ET

Predictions: 6 of 14 Winners, 3 Perfect, 415 Points   |   Tied for 2566th

Listen, I do think that Arman is going to win but my goodness -820 for the guy?  So the bookies make Arman a -820 but make Tom Aspinall a -220 the last card?  lol

Even Jack Shore wasn't even a -820 vs the TUF guy... he was -480 or around that range against the TUF guy

Christos Giagos has 4 dominant wins in the UFC and he is +570... crazy!

* Edited at 09.05.2021, 1:10 AM ET *

ModestMan
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09.05.2021 | 9:04 AM ET

Predictions: 4 of 6 Winners, 1 Perfect, 240 Points   |   Tied for 3050th

I can agree with those odds, I was thinking more like -900. I don’t understand this matchup at all, it has to be some kind of politics behind it, no way Arman should be fighting Christos 
Erison
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09.05.2021 | 4:07 PM ET

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 545 Points   |   Tied for 1128th

Spann's made a few huge mistakes in his big spots against Walker and against Robertson on Contender Series. Both came about from striking exchanges, where he's supposed to have his best advantage. Doesn't it just feel like Smith will eat big shots, then grab a standing kimura or something? 

Guys like Glover and Rakic can stay composed for the full fight. Anything less and Smith just seems like he'd find his chance.
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09.05.2021 | 6:46 PM ET

Predictions: 0 of 1 Winners, 0 Perfect, 0 Points   |   Tied for 3292nd

I have watched Smith since Strikeforce, he is one of my favourite fighters. This is a dangerous fight for him, especially at the damage he has taken. I love the guy as a colour commentator, as a person, but this is a bad fight for him.

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09.05.2021 | 8:43 PM ET

Predictions: 9 of 14 Winners, 2 Perfect, 515 Points   |   Tied for 1475th

I actually disagree, he'll definitely be in trouble, but Spann seems tailor made for a Smith finish. He's gotten caught enough times before by guys that don't fold for me to think Anthony catches him eventually.
Erison
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09.05.2021 | 9:10 PM ET

Predictions: 9 of 13 Winners, 2 Perfect, 545 Points   |   Tied for 1128th

I'd say Jimmy Crute is far deadlier on the feet, so Anthony kicked his leg off. And he just keeps finding ways to win. Spann is on the lower end of fight IQ compared to most of Smith's recent opponents. I don't know exactly how, but I think he'll find a path to victory.
2021.09.05 10:12 PM ET

bout announced

Montel Jackson vs. JP Buys at 135 lbs (61.2 kg)
2021.09.05 10:13 PM ET

bout status update

Jackson vs. Batgerel Changed from Confirmed to Cancelled
Thewelshguy1998
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09.06.2021 | 9:31 AM ET

Predictions: 7 of 14 Winners, 2 Perfect, 415 Points   |   Tied for 2520th

Montel Jackson should destroy jp buys 
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09.06.2021 | 10:43 AM ET

Predictions: 8 of 14 Winners, 2 Perfect, 465 Points   |   Tied for 2104th

This is possibly one of the worst fights Buys could have taken on short notice. Taking a fight a weight class up is already bad, but against someone on the level of Montel Jackson? This just spells the death of Buys all around.

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09.06.2021 | 11:17 AM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 10 of 14 Winners, 3 Perfect, 645 Points   |   Tied for 258th

Smith vs. Spann
Anthony Smith, SUB, R2
82%

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09.06.2021 | 12:32 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 10 of 14 Winners, 3 Perfect, 645 Points   |   Tied for 258th

Cutelaba vs. Clark
Ion Cutelaba, SUB, R2
71%

Miller vs. Motta
Jim Miller, DEC
78%. I have a feeling I'm going to hate this fight

Buckley vs. Arroyo
Joaquin Buckley, TKO, R2
71%. Could easily see this going the other way

Giagos vs. Tsarukyan
Arman Tsarukyan, TKO, R1
85%. Why does Mick Maynard or Sean Shelby hate Christos?

Böhm vs. Lipski
Mandy Böhm, DEC
58%.

Bush vs. Rong
Zhu Rong, TKO, R1
74%

Blanchfield vs. Alpar
Erin Blanchfield, DEC
69%

Nchukwi vs. Rodriguez
Tafon Nchukwi, TKO, R1
78%. Definitely think Slow Mike has a better than 18% chance but should be a banger either way

Kasanganay vs. Harris
Impa Kasanganay, DEC
71%

Kianzad vs. Pennington
Raquel Pennington, DEC
79%. Changing of the guard maybe but I don't think quite yet

Lopez vs. Alateng
Gustavo Lopez, DEC
80%

Maness vs. Gravely
Tony Gravely, DEC
76%. I'll go with the guy with the MUCH better strength of schedule

Whitmire vs. Goldy
Emily Whitmire, SUB, R2
40%. Extreme weight-cutting SUCKS

Jackson vs. Buys
Montel Jackson, DEC
48%

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09.07.2021 | 2:07 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 11 of 14 Winners, 2 Perfect, 660 Points   |   Tied for 164th

Jackson vs. Buys
Montel Jackson, TKO, R1
Easy work for Jackson

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09.07.2021 | 3:10 PM ET

Predictions: 8 of 14 Winners, 2 Perfect, 465 Points   |   Tied for 2104th

@modestman makes a good point. I did expect a better matchup for Tsarukyan in the rankings. Giagos could be on the last fight of his contract and is banking on winning to get a higher increase in pay for a new contract. UFC is notorious for giving a fighter in his last fight, who won't renew before his last fight, a absolute nightmare of a matchup. So Giagos has no legs to stand on.

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09.07.2021 | 4:30 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 10 of 14 Winners, 2 Perfect, 580 Points   |   Tied for 659th

Kianzad vs. Pennington
Raquel Pennington, DEC
Tough one to call. Going with Rocky; I'm betting on superior conditioning, not to mention experience.

* Edited at 09.07.2021, 7:52 PM ET *

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