UFC Fans React as Anthony Smith Annihilates Ryan Spann in the Very First Round at UFC Fight Night

Published 09/18/2021, 10:19 PM EDT


The main event at UFC Vegas 37 featured a light heavyweight bout between Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann. This was the first UFC fight card after a brief hiatus and it was a delight.

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UFC loyalists viewed #6 ‘Lionheart’ and #11 ‘Superman’ as two extremely dangerous fighters in the 205-pound division. Hence, they were excited.  

The fight was a litmus test for Spann as he was taking on an elite fighter and former title challenger. Unfortunately for him, he failed, as it was ‘Lionheart’ who put on a show with an impressive first-round submission win to make a bold statement and put the division on notice. 

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Anthony Smith extends his win streak to 3-0 after a dominant display against Ryan Spann 

Going into the fight, Smith was on a two-fight win streak, whereas Spann had just bounced back into the win column with a stunning knockout win over Misha Cirkunov. Anthony Smith was in control from the very first minute of the fight. ‘Lionheart’ asserted his dominance with his offense early on and rocked Spann multiple times over the course of the first round.

The finishing sequence saw Smith land a right hand that dropped Spann to the floor. He then sensed an opportunity for a finish and immediately started working on a rear-naked choke, which he eventually secured. Once the referee stepped in called the fight, the two men were involved in a scuffle as they exchanged heated words back and forth.

The security on site had to step in and separate the two fighters. ‘Superman’ and ‘Lionheart’ eventually calmed down and shook each other’s hands after a hard-fought fight.

Twitter reacts to the main event at UFC Vegas 37 

‘The Maverick’ Michael Chiesa took to Twitter to congratulate Anthony Smith on a brilliant performance.

Aljamain Sterling shared his thoughts on the fight between Smith and Spann.

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Former double-champion Daniel Cormier reacted to the post-fight scuffle between Ryan Spann and Anthony Smith.

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What did you make of Anthony Smith’s performance tonight? And who do you think he should face next? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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