Stance: Orthodox
Division: Light Heavyweight
Height: 6' 5"
Reach: 79"
Leg reach: 45.50
Weight: 205 lbs.
Team: Fortis MMA
Nationality: American
Age: 31


Recent win streak: 8
Wins by KO: 5
Wins by submission: 11
Wins by decision: 3



Significant Strikes Attempted: 402
Significant Strikes Landed: 180


Takedowns Attempted: 16


Born on August 24, 1991, Ryan Jamari Spann has made an indelible mark on the landscape of mixed martial arts sports worldwide. The American dynamo specializes in the domain of the Light Heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Since his initial foray into the professional arena in 2013, Spann has fought for towering establishments like the Legacy Fighting Alliance, even earning the coveted title of the Light Heavyweight Champion. As of December 12, 2023, he registers as number 11 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.

Hailing from Westwood, Memphis, Tennessee, Spann’s aptitude for martial arts blossomed from his early childhood. Succumbing to the allure of the ring, he started his professional career in 2013 after securing a 3–1 amateur record as a Middleweight and Welterweight. Spann’s proficiency isn’t confined to the UFC, the fighter was critically acclaimed in the regional Legacy Fighting Championship and Legacy Fighting Alliance where he triumphed as the Light Heavyweight Champion. Prior to his debut in Dana White’s Contender Series, the athlete achieved an impressive record of 13-5.

The budding star featured in Dana White’s Contender Series 3 on July 25, 2017, squaring off against Karl Roberson, but unfortunately, Spann was defeated by knockout due to Roberson’s well-aimed elbows in the first round. Reflecting resilience, Spann faced Emiliano Sordi in Dana White’s Contender Series 10 on June 19, 2018. With a guillotine choke, he not only won the fight in the first round but the victory also secured him a UFC contract.

Spann’s UFC debut on September 22, 2018, at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders, welcomed a face-off with Luis Henrique replacing the injured Mark Godbeer. The fight crowned Spann with a victory after a unanimous decision favored him. Spann’s second UFC fight on May 11, 2019, at UFC 237 pitted him against Antônio Rogério Nogueira, a clash he ended with a knockout in the first round. Following this, he fought and won against Devin Clark on October 12, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson, submitting Clark in the second round.

Spann was slated to face Ovince Saint Preux on February 8, 2020, at UFC 247. However, with changes in UFC plans, the event was called off. Instead, Spann was paired with Paul Craig on March 21, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards, which was ultimately canceled. Unfazed by the previous abrupt changes, Spann met Sam Alvey on May 9, 2020, at UFC 249. Although Alvey knocked him down in the third round, Spann managed to win the fight via split decision.

Spann’s journey continued with an initial booking to compete with Johnny Walker at UFC Fight Night 176 on September 5, 2020. However, Walker tested positive for COVID-19, hence rescheduling the bout to September 19, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 178. Despite knocking Walker down twice in the first round, Spann lost the fight by knockout. He was then lined up to face Misha Cirkunov on December 19, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 183, but a Cirkunov injury led to the bout’s delay till March 13, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 187. Spann won the fight via technical knockout in the first round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.

Spann subsequently faced Anthony Smith on September 18, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 192, resulting in a loss for Spann via rear-naked choke submission in the first round. Following this, Spann was to go against Ion Cuțelaba on February 26, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 202, but an injury forced Spann to step away from the event. The bout was rescheduled for UFC on ESPN 36. He won the bout with a guillotine choke in the first round, earning him his second Performance of the Night bonus award.

Spann went on to face Dominick Reyes on November 12, 2022, at UFC 281. He won it by knockout in the first round. Due to a slight overweight at the weigh-ins, Spann had to give 20% of his fight purse to his opponent Reyes. Spann’s next bout was scheduled against Nikita Krylov on February 25, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 220 but was cancelled due to Krylov’s illness on the event day. The fight got rescheduled and took place at UFC Fight Night: Yan vs. Dvalishvili. Spann lost the contest via a triangle choke submission in the first round. He was later lined up against Anthony Smith in a rematch on August 26, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 225, but unfortunately, Spann lost the closely contested fight via split decision.

Fight History

Anthony Smith
Ryan Spann: Defeated
by Split Decision in Round 3
Sat. Aug 26, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. The Korean Zombie
Nikita Krylov
Ryan Spann: Defeated
by Submission in Round 1 @ 3:38
Sat. Mar 11, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Yan vs. Dvalishvili
Nikita Krylov
Awaiting Outcome
Sat. Feb 25, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Krylov vs. Spann
Dominick Reyes
Ryan Spann: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 1 @ 1:20
Sat. Nov 12, 2022
UFC 281: Adesanya vs. Pereira
Ion Cutelaba
Ryan Spann: Winner
by Submission in Round 1 @ 2:22
Sat. May 14, 2022
UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic
Anthony Smith
Ryan Spann: Defeated
by Submission in Round 1 @ 3:47
Sat. Sep 18, 2021
UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann
Misha Cirkunov
Ryan Spann: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 1
Sat. Mar 13, 2021
UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad
Johnny Walker
Ryan Spann: Defeated
by KO/TKO in Round 1
Sat. Sep 19, 2020
UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley
Sam Alvey
Ryan Spann: Winner
by Decision in Round 3
Sat. May 09, 2020
UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje


What Is Ryan Spann's Record?
Ryan Spann's record in UFC stands at 21 wins and 9 losses with no draws.

Who Will Win The Fight Between Ryan Spann And Anthony Smith?
Given their previous encounter and the predicted outcome, it is expected that Anthony Smith will win the fight against Ryan Spann on Saturday, despite being a slight underdog.

Who Is Ryan Spann In UFC?
Ryan Spann is a professional fighter who competes in the UFC's Light Heavyweight division, holding the #11 spot in the rankings as of December 12, 2023, and is a former Light Heavyweight Champion for the Legacy Fighting Alliance.

Who Is Ryan Spann's Next Opponent In His Upcoming Fight?
Ryan Spann's next opponent in his upcoming fight is former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Smith.

Who Won The Fight Between Ryan Spann And Dominick Reyes?
Ryan Spann won the fight against Dominick Reyes with a massive knockout on February 18, 2023.

What Is Ryan Spann's Height?
Ryan Spann stands at a height of 6 feet 5 inches.

What Is Ryan Spann's Record On Tapology?
Ryan Spann's record on Tapology is 21-9-0.

What Is Ryan Spann's Record On Sherdog?
As a UFC journalist, I don't have the latest updated information for Ryan Spann's record on Sherdog.

Who Won The Fight Between Ryan Spann And Anthony Smith?
Anthony Smith won the fight against Ryan Spann after landing a rear-naked choke resulting in a tap out.

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