BREAKING: Ryan Spann to Fight Ion Cutelaba in a Light Heavyweight Bout on February 26th

Published 12/31/2021, 1:02 PM EST


The one-month halt in UFC events has given matchmakers time to brainstorm suitable fights at the premier promotion. The UFC honchos are on a fight-setting spree for their winter and spring season. That being said, recent reports suggest a hard-hitting match between ranked light heavyweight prospects. Reportedly, a bout between 205-pounders Ryan Spann and Ion Cutelaba is in the works under UFC’s Fight Night banner.

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MMA Island initially reported the news, which was later confirmed by MMA Fighting. Currently, Ryan Spann is coming off a loss against 205-pound elite Anthony Smith. The year has been a mixed blessing for ‘Superman’. The 30-year-old started the year with a first-round TKO of Misha Cirkunov. However, lost his latest one against light-heavyweight #4 Smith via a 1st round submission. Notably, he is 19-7 in his career.

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Contrastingly, Ion Cutelaba is coming off a majority decision victory against Devin Clark. The Moldovan returned to the win column after a disappointing 2020. Where he lost two back-to-back losses against Magomed Ankalaev in the same year.

Currently, ‘The Hulk’ is #15 on the light-heavyweight charts. ‘The Hulk’ boasts 16 wins and 6 losses in his career.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: Beneil Dariush vs. Islam Makhachev full fight card

The UFC Fight Night event will take place on February 26th, 2022 at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada. Reportedly, the headliner for the event is an electrifying fight between lightweight veteran Beneil Dariush and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s compatriot Islam Makhachev. Notably, many in the community believe that the bout will decide the fate of the lightweight division.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – APRIL 18: Islam Makhachev of Russia interacts with the media during the UFC Fight Night Ultimate Media Day at Hotel Astoria on April 18, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Find the entire fight card below:

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  • Beneil Dariush vs Islam Makhachev – Main event
  • Ryan Spann vs Ion Cutelaba
  • Makhmud Muradov vs Misha Cirkunov
  • Arman Tsarukyan vs Joel Alvarez
  • Jinh Yu Frey vs Hannah Goldy
  • Gregory Rodrigues vs Armen Petrosyan
  • Ignacio Bahamondes vs Zhu Rong
  • Terrance McKinney vs Fares Ziam
  • Alejandro Perez vs Jonathan Martinez
  • Victor Altamirano vs Carlos Hernandez

Remarkably, the Khabib Nurmagomedov protege has been tearing up the 155-pound division until 2021. Let’s see if he can tackle his most tough adversary until now in the new year.

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Who do you think will win in the aforementioned fight card? Tell us your picks in the comments below.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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