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UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Spann Betting Tips

September 18th 2021, 1:10pm, By: Ben Talintyre

UFC Fight Night Betting Tips

The Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada plays host to this weekend’s UFC Fight Night card. Headlining the card is Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann who together boast 49 finishes in their combined 54 wins. In the co-main Ion Cutelaba takes on Devin Clark and Ariane Lipski faces undefeated UFC debutant Mandy ‘Monster’ Bohm. This card is full of finishers and there should be numerous performance of the night contenders. We take a look at my best three bets below. 

UFC Fight Night Betting Tips

Anthony Smith vs Ryan Spann

Anthony Smith is for mine without a doubt the better fighter and the fact remains that every man he has lost to is a title contender. The only man in the UFC that has beat Smith and not earnt a title shot is Anthony Rakic, who arguably is next in line for one at Light Heavyweight. Ryan Spann while entertaining isn’t honestly amazing and hasn’t beaten much so far despite winning nine of his last ten. He was finished by Johnny Walker in a fight he was admittedly dominating but his best wins come against Sam Alvey, who hasn’t won in his last seven bouts and Misha Cirkunov who is 2-3 in his last five….

The more I look at it the more I lean towards Smith. To be honest Anthony Smith is a fighter I have struggled to pick correctly but I don’t see Spann being able to expose Lionheart’s troublesome defense. Spann’s gas tank is also an unknown and Smith can hang in if things get ugly. Remember this is a man who handed his teeth that were knocked out to the ref while he continued to defend strikes on the mat. Spann and Smith go back and forth in the opening round before Smith gets a finish, likely in the second or third.

Smith by KO/Sub


Impa Kasanganay vs Carlston Harris

Kasanganay is a talent, as shown by his 9-1 record and some highlight reel finishes. His opponent, Guyana’s Carlston Harris, is an interesting prospect who in his UFC debut dispatched Christian Aguilera with a bonus winning anaconda choke. Harris is the more polished striker and has the jiu jistu to put Kasanganay away if he shoots for the takedowns. I don’t mind the odds around for the submission win for Harris, so that could be worth a spec, but I will be largely playing it a little safer, tipping Harris to get his hand raised as an underdog.

Harris to win


Emily Whitmire vs Hannah Goldy

I truly love this fight for Emily Whitmire. While her 4-4 professional record isn’t for the greatest viewing, she has repeatedly come up short against strong wrestlers, hence all her losses coming by ground finishes. Hannah Goldy relies on striking at range so shouldn’t threaten Whitmire’s takedown defense. Whitmire likes to walk her opponents down and punish them, which bodes well against Goldy who hates being pressured and backs up in a straight line. I expect Whitmire to put on a clinic and likely utilize her own wrestling as Goldy poses limited threat on the mat. Whitmire secures a dominant 30-27 unanimous decision win here.  

Whitmire win



Ben is an avid sports reader, writer and viewer who immerses himself in the sporting world at any chance. He religiously follows world football (soccer) (up the mighty Reds (YNWA)), MMA and NRL, and tries to keep up to date on all sporting codes.

Ben is a western Sydney reporter for The Daily Telegraph and NewsLocal and has previously worked at Sky News and Fox Sports News. As a punter and sports betting analyst, Ben always looks for value. Before any tip or bet, Ben draws up his own market based off of his own knowledge before comparing to the sports betting markets. His best advice he has for punters is that a winning bet isn’t always a good bet!

Ben is always up to talk sport with anyone and everyone, and provide any further insight and thoughts into any sporting match or fight. So feel free to hit him up on Twitter! Ben's opinions are always his own and to the MMA fighters who he says are not good enough in his previews, he does do jiu jitsu but conceded you absolutely would still destroy him in a fight!

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