UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Spann: Ion Cutelaba vs Devin Clark- Prediction and Analysis

Published 09/18/2021, 4:17 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Clark will see a light-heavyweight match-up between Ion Cutelaba and Devin Clark go down in the preliminary card of the event. Both fighters are looking to make a name for themselves in the 205 lbs division. Hence, they will look to triumph at the UFC Apex.

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Cutelaba has won only won out his last 5 fights in the UFC. His last win was against Khalil Rountree Jr. Since then ‘The Hulk’ has dropped 2 fights against Magomed Ankalaev. Also, his last fight against Dustin Jacoby ended in a split draw on the judges’ scorecards.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Ion Cutelaba of Moldova punches Magomed Ankalaev of Russia in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Clark, on the other hand, last competed in November 2020, losing via submission against Anthony Smith. ‘Brown Bear’ has managed to win 3 out of his last 5 fights in the promotion.

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The 27-year-old Cutelaba has a professional record of 15-6-1, with 14 finishes in his career so far. 12 T/KO and 2 submission wins comprise those numbers for him.

Clark has a record of 12-5. ‘Brown Bear’ has a total of 4 finishes in his career so far, 3 T/KO, and 1 submission win make up for his finishing tally.

Ion Cutelaba vs Devin Clark: Analysis

Cutelaba has had issues with his cardio in the later parts of a fight throughout his career. However, he has shown massive improvements recently and has been able to keep up his usual offensive game throughout the contest. Moreover, ‘The Hulk’ possesses very good knockout power in his game as well.

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Clark doesn’t have a very good chin. This might play against him in this fight. Also, as ‘Brown Bear’ is not a very big fighter for the light-heavyweight division, Cutelaba might just be able to exploit those factors and get a T/KO finish in his favor this weekend.

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Final Prediction: Ion Cutelaba by first-round T/KO.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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