All week you could go back-and-forth on who to pick when it came to the UFC Vegas 37 main event between Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann.
Ryan Spann came into the fight as an underdog with full intention to spoil Anthony Smith’s return to the top five. After his loss to Johnny Walker, Spann came back with a vicious first-round finish over Misha Cirkunov to remind the world that he is still a dangerous threat in the ranks of the light heavyweights. Saturday, he wanted to make a statement that Anthony Smith’s chances for gold are over, and that it is his time to rise in the ranks of the division.
Anthony Smith has always lived up to his nickname “Lionheart.” Starting the night on a two-fight win streak, he looked to make a case to get back into the title picture by racking up impressive win after impressive win. With a win at UFC Vegas 37, Smith could potentially break the top five and be one or two bouts away from fighting for a shot once again, to try and capture the UFC title.
Anthony Smith proved that he is Ryan Spann’s kryptonite on Saturday. Every time Smith touched the chin with power, Spann wobbled and eventually Smith got the hooks in on the ground and got a submission victory.
Here is how the pros reacted to the UFC Vegas 37 main event inside the UFC APEX.
— UFC (@ufc) September 19, 2021
I'm free in December @Mickmaynard2
— Aleksandar Rakic (@rakic_ufc) September 19, 2021
“Merry Christmas to me”
😂 love it!
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) September 19, 2021
Return of the Mack baby #UFCVegas37
— Jimmy Crute (@CruteJim) September 19, 2021
I have no problem with the way Anthony Smith just acted when you talk all that shit and you get beat the way Ryan Spann just got beat we don’t need to shake hands and hug Anthony is an OG and do not play. Really was an easy night for @lionheartasmith great job!!!#UFCVegas37
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 19, 2021
Smith looked great. Umm can we get subtitles at least with the curse words edited out! Now, I don’t know what he said 😂 #UFCVegas37
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) September 19, 2021
I like angry smith
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) September 19, 2021
That’s what’s up @lionheartasmith. Beautiful display of skills and violence. ⚔️
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) September 19, 2021
Anthony Smith is on another level tonight 🔥🔥 Spann had some tight defense but it didn't last #UFCVegas37
— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) September 19, 2021