Hello fight fans, welcome back to another UFC fight breakdown and betting tips blog. We’re back to the Apex after a week without UFC, and we’re excited to watch some good fights.
We’re all pumped for UFC 266 but let’s not overlook this card, it’s got some fun-filled scraps and we’ve got some sharp betting lines for you guys to capitalize. We can’t want for these fights to play out, so as always let’s dive right in!
Anthony Smith vs Ryan Spann
We get straight to the main event of the evening which takes place in the Light heavyweight division. Anthony “Lionheart” Smith’s recently found form will be tested against the tough Ryan “Superman” Spann when the two men meet in the Octagon this weekend.
Anthony Smith has been one of the biggest names in the Light heavyweight roster since he entered the UFC Octagon. An impressive seven out of nine wins earned Smith a well-deserved title shot against the Pound for Pound goat, Jon Jones. Smith came up short against Jones but he found his way back with a finish over Alexander Gustafsson.
Smith was counted out by fight fans when he lost two main event fights against Glover Teixeira and Alexander Rakic, but he bounced back impressively to get finishes over rising contenders in Devin Clarke & Jimmy Crute.
Smith is primarily a fundamental boxer with an impressive ground game credited to his black belt in BJJ. His 19 Knockout and 13 submission win combine for an incredibly impressive 91% finish rate.
Smith’s counterpart this week is the “Superman” who has been on the rise since he entered the UFC Octagon. Ryan Spann has won 6 of his 7 UFC bouts which set him up for his first main event spot against the veteran in Lionheart.
Spann is a hard-hitting Light heavyweight with an incredibly threatening submission game. Similar to his dancing partner, Spann is a finisher too, five knockouts and 11 submissions combine for a daunting 84% finish rate.
This fight is going to be great and we smell a finish here, so do not blink fight fans. Smith’s pathway to victory is keeping his distance and using his Jabs and low calf kicks from the outside. Smith has the better cardio out of the two so if he plays his cards right, he can weather the early storm and finish Spann in the later rounds.
Contrarily Spann will have to impose his power and potentially catch Smith with something, Lionheart does not have the best chin and a powerful Spann can very well find the early knockout here. Spann’s backup will be an early takedown and threatening Smith with submissions in the initial rounds.
An interesting prelim bout between Impa Kasanganay and Carlston Harris has caught our eye. Impa entered the UFC as an undefeated fighter and continued an impressive run, he is currently 9-1 and his only loss coming via a freak spinning back kick.
Although Carlston is a good prospect, there is no reason why the line is this close. We think one loss has made fans forget that Impa is a good fighter, and he is a smart play here.
Another good bout takes place in the Lightweight division between Arman Tsarukyan and Christos Giagos. This bout is easy to call, Arman is the much superior fighter out of the two and he is going to win here. We like a prop pick here, Arman does not have knockout power and he is more of a wrestler than a submission artist. So, we do not see him winning via a finish here.
The main event is a great fight to watch and an incredibly close fight to call but the safest pick we see here is a finish. Both Smith and Spann are finishers and we do not see this fight hitting the scorecards.
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