Ryan Jamari Spann (born August 24, 1991)[1] is an American mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional since 2013, he has also fought for the Legacy Fighting Alliance, where he was the Light Heavyweight Champion. As of December 12, 2023, he is #11 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.[4]

Ryan Spann
BornRyan Jamari Spann[1]
(1991-08-24) August 24, 1991 (age 32)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States[2]
Other namesSuperman
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach81+12 in (207 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofBeaumont, Texas, United States
TeamFortis MMA
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Brian "The Law" Hall[3]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission12
By decision3
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background edit

Spann grew up in Westwood, Memphis, Tennessee, and began training martial arts in his early childhood.[5]

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

After compiling a 3–1 amateur record as a Middleweight and Welterweight, Spann started his professional career in 2013. He fought under various promotions, notably the regional Legacy Fighting Championship and Legacy Fighting Alliance where he was the Light Heavyweight Champion.[6] He amassed a record of 13-5 prior participated in Dana White's Contender Series.[7]

Dana White's Contender Series edit

Spann appeared in Dana White's Contender Series 3 on July 25, 2017, against Karl Roberson. He lost the fight by knockout due to elbows in round one.[8]

Spann's second appearance in Dana White's Contender Series 10 came on June 19, 2018, against Emiliano Sordi. He won the fight via guillotine choke in round one and he was awarded a UFC contract.[9]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Spann made his UFC debut on September 22, 2018, at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders, facing Luis Henrique, replacing an injured Mark Godbeer.[10] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Spann's second UFC fight came on 11 May 2019, 2019 at UFC 237 against Antônio Rogério Nogueira.[12] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[13]

Spann faced Devin Clark on October 12, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson.[14] He won the fight via submission in round two.[15]

Spann was briefly linked to face Ovince Saint Preux on February 8, 2020, at UFC 247.[16] However, promotion matchmakers elected to go in another direction and the pairing was scrapped from the event.[17] Instead, Spann was booked against Paul Craig on March 21, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards.[18] However, the event was cancelled.[19]

Spann faced Sam Alvey May 9, 2020, at UFC 249.[20] Despite getting knocked down in the third round, Spann won the fight via split decision.[21][22]

Spann was initially scheduled to face Johnny Walker at UFC Fight Night 176 on September 5, 2020.[23] However, Walker tested positive for COVID-19 and the bout was postponed to September 19, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 178.[24][23] Despite dropping Walker twice in the first round, Spann would go onto lose the fight via knockout.[25]

Spann was expected to face Misha Cirkunov on December 19, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 183.[26] However, Cirkunov pulled out in early December due to an injury.[27] The fight was rescheduled to March 13, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 187.[28] After initially knocking Cirkunov down during the first minute, Spann won the fight via technical knockout in round one.[29] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[30]

Spann faced Anthony Smith on September 18, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 192.[31] He lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission in round one.[32]

Spann was scheduled to face Ion Cuțelaba on February 26, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 202.[33] However, Spann was pulled from the event due to injury[34] and the bout was rescheduled for UFC on ESPN 36.[35] He won the bout via guillotine choke in the first round.[36] The win earned Spann his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[37]

Spann faced Dominick Reyes on November 12, 2022, at UFC 281.[38] At the weigh-ins, Spann weighed in at 206.6 pounds, six tenths of a pound over the light heavyweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at a catchweight with Spann fined 20% of his purse, which went to his opponent Reyes.[39] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[40]

Spann was scheduled to face Nikita Krylov on February 25, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 220.[41] However, the day of the event, Krylov fell ill to a food-borne illness and the main event was cancelled[42] and the pair was rescheduled to meet at UFC Fight Night: Yan vs. Dvalishvili two weeks later.[43] He lost the fight via a triangle choke submission in the first round.[44]

Spann faced Anthony Smith in a rematch on August 26, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 225.[45] He lost the close bout via split decision.[46]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
30 matches 21 wins 9 losses
By knockout 6 3
By submission 12 3
By decision 3 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–9 Anthony Smith Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. The Korean Zombie August 26, 2023 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Loss 21–8 Nikita Krylov Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Yan vs. Dvalishvili March 11, 2023 1 3:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (215 lb) bout.
Win 21–7 Dominick Reyes KO (punches) UFC 281 November 12, 2022 1 1:20 New York City, New York, United States Catchweight (206.6 lb) bout; Spann missed weight.
Win 20–7 Ion Cuțelaba Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on ESPN: Błachowicz vs. Rakić May 14, 2022 1 2:22 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 19–7 Anthony Smith Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann September 18, 2021 1 3:47 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 19–6 Misha Cirkunov TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad March 13, 2021 1 1:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 18–6 Johnny Walker KO (elbows and punches) UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley September 19, 2020 1 2:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–5 Sam Alvey Decision (split) UFC 249 May 9, 2020 3 5:00 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 17–5 Devin Clark Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Joanna vs. Waterson October 12, 2019 2 2:01 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 16–5 Antônio Rogério Nogueira KO (punches) UFC 237 May 11, 2019 1 2:07 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 15–5 Luis Henrique Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders September 22, 2018 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 14–5 Emiliano Sordi Submission (guillotine choke) Dana White's Contender Series 10 June 19, 2018 1 0:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–5 Alex Nicholson KO (punches) LFA 32 January 26, 2018 1 4:24 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Won the vacant LFA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 12–5 Myron Dennis KO (punches) LFA 27 November 10, 2017 1 3:08 Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Win 11–5 LeMarcus Tucker Submission (rear-naked choke) LFA 23 September 22, 2017 1 2:55 Bossier City, Louisiana, United States Return to Light Heavyweight.
Loss 10–5 Karl Roberson KO (elbows) Dana White's Contender Series 3 July 25, 2017 1 0:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–4 Roman Pizzolato Submission (guillotine choke) World Fighting Championships 72 May 13, 2017 1 0:20 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Loss 9–4 Trevin Giles Decision (split) LFA 3 February 10, 2017 3 5:00 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Return to Middleweight.
Loss 9–3 Robert Drysdale Submission (rear-naked choke) Legacy FC 58 July 22, 2016 2 2:58 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States For the vacant Legacy FC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 9–2 Aaron Davis Submission (guillotine choke) Legacy FC 52 Mar 25, 2016 1 2:53 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Return to Light Heavyweight.
Loss 8–2 Leo Leite Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC 48 Nov 13, 2015 5 5:00 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States For the Legacy FC Middleweight Championship.
Win 8–1 Larry Crowe KO (punches) Legacy FC 42 June 26, 2015 1 0:08 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Win 7–1 Dwight Gipson Submission (guillotine choke) Vengeance Fighting Alliance: Round 5 May 9, 2015 1 4:39 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Win 6–1 Artenas Young Submission (guillotine choke) Fury Fighting 4 February 13, 2015 3 2:32 Humble, Texas, United States
Loss 5–1 Brandon Farran TKO (punches) Hero FC: Best of the Best 3 September 12, 2014 1 0:21 Brownsville, Texas, United States Lost the Hero FC Middleweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Randy McCarty Decision (unanimous) Hero FC 1: Best of the Best February 1, 2014 3 5:00 Harlingen, Texas, United States Won the Hero FC Middleweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Jhonoven Pati Submission (guillotine choke) Hero FC: Texas Pride September 28, 2013 1 2:32 Beaumont, Texas, United States
Win 3–0 Brandon Atkins Submission (guillotine choke) Hero FC: Pride of the Valley 2 June 21, 2013 1 0:44 Pharr, Texas, United States Return to Middleweight.
Win 2–0 Steven Zamora Submission (rear-naked choke) El Orgullo del Valle March 16, 2013 1 2:25 Pharr, Texas, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 1–0 Aaron Lebrun Submission (rear-naked choke) Vengeance Fighting Alliance: Round 1 February 16, 2013 1 N/A Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Middleweight debut.


See also edit

References edit

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