WATCH: Ryan Spann Destroys Veteran Misha Cirkunov in a First Round TKO Victory at UFC Fight Night

Published 03/13/2021, 10:27 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 13: (R-L) Ryan Spann punches Misha Cirkunov of Latvia in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC light heavyweight Ryan Spann earned a career-best TKO win over Misha Cirkunov in the co-main event. ‘Superman’ Spann landed a flush right hand down the middle that sent Cirkunov crashing onto the canvas. However, Ryan Spann showcased a sense of maturity to his game and allowed Misha Cirkunov back to his feet only to finish him off decisively.

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Misha Cirkunov was hurt from the initial blow, and going to the ground with him wouldn’t be a well-advised strategy. However, Spann recognized that fact and made sure it was his fists that did all the talking. Referee Mark Smith had no option but to step in to save Cirkunov from the follow-up hammer fists.

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Ryan Spann is a part of the surging Fortis MMA team, and the work they have been putting in is certainly showing. The gym has been producing consistent talent as of late, and Ryan Spann is now a new contender to watch out for. He’s made good use of his co-main event booking on a Fight Night card with a lot of eyes on it.

UFC light heavyweight Ryan Spann: A new contender has arrived

The 19-6 fighter took to the mic after his first-round TKO win and called out the winner of Jimmy Crute vs Anthony Smith. Spann has aspirations to move up the ranks of the 205-pound division, and this is the way to do it. With the 10 ranked contender in Cirkunov in his rearview mirror, ‘Superman’ Spann is looking towards a title run in 2022.

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Spann is 9-1 in his last 10 fights and a majority of his wins have come on the biggest stage. He’s managed to bounce back from his loss to Johnny Walker that served as a huge career setback at the time.

The 205-pound -champion, Jan Blachowicz, has set an incredibly high standard for the contenders with his own performances. However, rising tides raise all boats and the light heavyweights on the roster have been showing out. The last year has seen an uptake in the performances and the names of athletes who have managed to breakthrough.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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