The UFC returns this weekend, and we look forward to a fantastic card of fights at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Anthony Smith’s career has had plenty of ups and downs since his UFC Light Heavyweight loss to Jon Jones, and he will have his hands full against another top divisional challenger in Ryan Spann in the Main Event.
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After fighting for the UFC Light Heavyweight title in March of 2019, Anthony Smith lost three of his next four fights.
Losses to Jon Jones, Glover Teixeira and Aleksander Rakic put his career on a downward spiral and at 33 years of age had some questioning whether he would retire.
But Smith has now won his last two fights in a row against Devin Clark and Aussie Jimmy Crute.
His opponent in this Main Event fight is Ryan Spann who has won nine of his last 10 including six of seven in the UFC.
Only one of Spann’s last five fights have gone the distance and he comes into this fight off the back of a first round TKO win over Misha Cirkunov in March.
Anthony Smith is a very well rounded fighter who works well behind a nice jab and is very competent off his back with solid BJJ.
I see this fight taking place on the feet for the most part and Ryan Spann has very dangerous one punch knock out power.
Smith has been to war a lot recently and I am not confident that his chin will hold up against a power puncher like Spann.
Ion Cutelaba has just one win in his last five fights including back to back losses against Magomed Ankalaev although the first was in very controversial circumstances.
He was last seen in the octagon against Dustin Jacoby in May in a split decision draw.
Devin Clark has six wins and five losses in the UFC but his last four losses have been to current champ Jan Blachowicz, Aleksander Rakic and then the two fighter in the main event here.
His last six win have all been by decision.
Devin Clark is a very strong wrestler who can nullify a fight by taking his opponent down and dominated from the canvas.
Cutelaba is most dangerous when standing and trading but he has very good offensive wrestling as well and Clark will not get it all his own way.
I’m confident this fight will not go the distance.
Mandy Bohm has not had a fight since winning a decision in Bellator in October last year but she had four cancelled bouts in the meantime.
She comes into her UFC debut with plenty of hype having won all six of her professional fights so far but she runs into a legit fighter in the division.
Ariane Lipski has 13 wins and seven losses during her career and comes into this fight on the back of back to back losses.
The 26 year old Brazilian is nicknames Queen Of Violence for a reason and she is both a very capable boxer as well as BJJ practitioner with a dangerous submission game.
I think she will do enough to win the fight over three rounds.