UFC Reservation Ion Cutelaba – Ryan Spann
The UFC finalized a big showdown between the light heavyweight prospects. MMA Island was the first to report earlier this week that the promotion finalized a light heavyweight battle between “Super” Ryan Spann (19-7) and Ion Mignonlaba (16-6-1).
The game will take place during a UFC Fight Night on February 26. For Cutelaba, he will seek his second consecutive victory. The last time we saw Cutelaba was in September when he faced Devin Clark in a UFC Fight Night.
Cutelaba was able to show how complete he was in this performance by doing well in both stand-up and grappling. It was a great victory for Cutelaba who had gone through a difficult period. Prior to the win, Cutelaba was 1-3-1 in his previous five fights.
Admittedly, the losses have affected top contenders like UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira. Now Cutelaba has his chance against another top prospect, Ryan Spann. If Cutelaba wins in February, I would expect an issue with her name to arrive in March.
UFC rebound opportunity for Spann
UFC audiences were first introduced to Ryan Spann in Dana White’s Contender series. However, it didn’t start well for Spann. Spann was knocked out in seconds on his first appearance in the series. This defeat started a fire under Spann who won eight consecutive fights.
That winning streak earned him a shot against Johnny Walker. Walker was able to end the winning streak by stopping Spann in the first round. Spann rebounded significantly when he knocked out Misha Cirkunov in the first round.
The knockout victory earned him a shot against former UFC title challenger Anthony Smith. Many were choosing Spann, however, Smith showed him he wasn’t quite ready right now and stopped him in the first round.
Now Spann will be looking to regroup against tough Cutelaba. Spann is fighting for his ranking in this game and if he is able to win it will likely be another ranked opponent for him next.