Ryan Spann



Drops razor-thin split decision
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 26, 2023
Spann lost to Anthony Smith via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Singapore.
This fight was about as close as it gets, and there's absolutely a case to be made that Spann deserved the decision. Ryan started slowly, allowing Smith to pick up the opening frame, but he rebounded in a major way in Round 2, overwhelming his opponent and nearly earning the stoppage. Neither man was able to pull away in Round 3, leading to the split decision. If you go by damage inflicted, Spann should have got his hand raised. Now the loser of two in a row, Ryan will need to do whatever is necessary to emerge victorious his next time out.
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Anthony Smith fight booked
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 23, 2023
Spann will fight Anthony Smith in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Singapore on Aug. 26, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports Friday.
Spann is coming off a loss to Nikita Krylov, who bested him with a triangle choke in the first round of a fight back in March. Now, he'll look to get back on the winning side of the Octagon against Smith, who is also coming off a loss.
Inconsistent ways continue
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 11, 2023
Spann lost to Nikita Krylov via submission (triangle choke) at 3:38 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
These two were supposed to headline the event two weeks ago before a minor Krylov illness forced its postponement. In a battle of two big men that do their best work on the mat, it was Spann who blinked first. He attempted to take advantage of a prone Krylov by jumping on top of his floored opponent, but Spann left his neck exposed in the process and found himself immediately stuck in a triangle choke. Referee Herb Dean was stepping in moments later. There's obviously no guarantee Spann would have won anyway, but he's going to be kicking himself for the series of events that led to the defeat. Spann's record drops to .500 (3-3) in his past half-dozen bouts.
Main event canceled
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 25, 2023
Spann's fight against Nikita Krlyov (illness) in Saturday's main event has been canceled, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
Krylov has fallen ill in the final moments leading up to the fight, so he will not be able to compete. It's unclear whether the bout will be rescheduled. The matchup between Andre Muniz and Brendan Allen will now take center stage on Saturday night.
Booked for February matchup
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 24, 2022
Spann will face Nikita Krylov in a light heavyweight main event at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 25, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Spann recently had a dominant showing at UFC 281 on Nov. 12 to defeat Dominick Reyes via KO (punch) in Round 1 to improve his professional record to 21-7-0. Krylov is coming off back-to-back wins, most recently defeating Volkan Oezdemir via unanimous decision at UFC 280 in late October. Spann has advantages in height and reach.
Flattens Dominick Reyes
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 12, 2022
Spann defeated Dominick Reyes via KO (punch) at 1:20 of Round 1 at UFC 281 on Saturday in New York.
Spann was a significant underdog in this bout, but no one bothered to tell "Superman," who controlled the fight with his jab early before sending the former title challenger spinning to the canvas with a hellish right hand. Spann is powerful and athletic with a solid BJJ game but has looked tentative at times in the Octagon. If this fight is indicative of his performances going forward, however, it may be that the light heavyweight division has found another title contender. Spann moves to 21-7-0 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.