Las Vegas, NV – After a quick 4-fight win streak coming into the UFC, light heavyweight Ryan Spann has gone 1-2 in his last three. He will attempt to get back into the winning column when he faces Ion Cutelaba at UFC Vegas 54 on Saturday night.
“That sh*t is for the birds, man,” Spann told reporters on Wednesday about his last couple bouts.
“I like winning. We’re going to take our time and do it right.”
After such success why Spann has been so inconsistent isn’t clear, and he didn’t try to help clear it up either.
“I have to get out of my way. In life,” Spann said.
Spann suffered an injury in a prior attempt at a bout with Cutelaba. Spann declined to explain what happened.
“I could (explain) but I’m not. I appreciate that he waited. It really doesn’t matter, but I appreciate that he waited for me. A lot of people wouldn’t do that,” Spann said.
Most fighters will give the answer “the next fight is the biggest fight” in terms of their careers, but Spann gave a sort of cryptic answer to this one.
“Any moment can be looked at like ‘important’. The last one was ‘important’. In my mind it was a must-win. I didn’t win. Didn’t get it done, it sucks, but like I said I had to get out of my way,” Spann said.
On Saturday night the objective is to win, and for Spann that means going through Cutelaba by any means necessary.
“My job, first and foremost, is to provide for my family. So winning at any cost is a win,” Spann said.
There was one light hearted moment when realizing the nicknames would be a cool matchup in the comic book world. “Death Battle” covered Superman vs. Hulk. Spann’s nickname being superman with Cutelaba playing the “Hulk”
“I watched Death Battle, my son made me watch it like years ago, so I already know. That’s pretty cool. I didn’t answer your questions, but I’ve seen Death battle,” Spann said with a smile.
Watch the full UFC Vegas 54 Media Day appearance by Ryan Spann above. More coverage from the event can be found at CagesidePress.com