Ryan Spann



Taking on Reyes at UFC 281
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 15, 2022
Spann will face Dominick Reyes at UFC 281 on Nov. 12, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Spann will be looking for his seventh victory and in his ninth career fight with the UFC. He is coming off a submission win over Ion Cutelaba back in May. Reyes has not fought since May of 2021 and has been recovering from knee surgery.
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Chokes out Ion Cutelaba
Light HeavyweightUFC
May 14, 2022
Spann defeated Ion Cutelaba via submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:22 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 36 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Spann is a difficult guy to figure out. On one hand, he has elite size for the division at 6-foot-5. On the flip side, he has considerably less power in his hands than most larger fighters. While the power may be lacking at times, Spann does possess legitimate submission skills, which Cutelaba found out first hand. Spann gave up three early and easy takedowns, but a mistake for Ion allowed Ryan to grab a hold of his neck, and Spann took full advantage of the opportunity. The crafty move would go on to earn him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Set to turn 31 years of age this coming August, Spann has no history of defeating better competition over the course of his career, but he's 6-2 in his first eight UFC bouts. A record like that is going to lead to meaningful fights for Spann in what is a pretty thin light heavyweight division.
Cutelaba fight rebooked for May
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 23, 2022
Spann will now take on Ion Cutelaba at the UFC event May 14, Eurosport Nederland reports.
This bout was supposed to be the co-main event back on Feb. 26, but it was removed for an undisclosed reason. The UFC was able to find a new date almost three months later and it should be a pretty intriguing matchup. Both fighters have not fought since mid-September.
Off UFC Vegas 49 card
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 3, 2022
Spann will not longer fight Ion Cutelaba at UFC Vegas 49, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Nederland reports.
It's unclear why this fight is now off the Feb. 26 card, but the UFC wants to keep the matchup together for a different card later in the year. They were scheduled to be the co-main event.
Will fight again in February
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 30, 2021
Spann will take on Ion Cutelaba in a light heavyweight bout at the UFC event Feb. 26, MMA Island reports.
Spann is coming off a main event submission loss to Anthony Smith back in September. That moved him to 5-2 in seven career UFC fights. Cutelaba will be coming off a win over Devin Clark on the same night Spann last fought.
Taps in first ever main event
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 18, 2021
Spann lost to Anthony Smith via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:47 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Spann appeared anxious and out of sorts in his first UFC main event. He was running all over the place with complete disregard for Smith's power and ate a handful of massive shots as a result. Spann immediately tapped out to the rear-naked choke that ended the bout, as he realized Smith had it totally locked in and there was nowhere for him to go. Spann is athletic, very good on the mat, and tall (6-foot-5) for the light heavyweight division, but he has less power than your typical 205-pounder and zero history of performing against better competition. The 30-year-old has enough raw talent to get past the vast majority of the guys in the division, but it's a stretch to label Spann any sort of contender. His UFC victories have come against Misha Cirkunov, Sam Alvey, Devin Clark, Big Nog and Luis Henrique. It's not exactly a murderers row of competition.