Ryan Spann is favored over Luis Henrique at UFC Fight Night 137 on Saturday night in São Paulo, Brazil. This event is one of four fights on the FS2 portion of the preliminary card. Henrique is 10-4 in his career, while Spann is 14-5 in his career. There are a total of five fights on the main card on FS1, with the headliner a bout between Eryk Anders and Thiago Santos. There are also a total of nine fights on the preliminary card with four on FS2 and five on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the bout between Henrique and Spann and UFC picks.
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Luis Henrique (10-4, 2-3 UFC)
Henrique came into the UFC with a record of 8-1 and he has two wins and three losses in the UFC. He defeated Dmitry Smolyakov by submission and Christian Colombo by submission; while losing to Francis Ngannou by KO, Marcin Tybura by TKO, and Arjan Bhullar by unanimous decision. Henrique has been a pro since 2011 and has three wins by TKO/KO and four by submission. He has three first round finishes.
Henrique said this to mmafighting.com about returning to the light heavyweight division for his next fight, ”I think I’ll be more competitive at light heavyweight, if you look at the top 15 at heavyweight, it’s hard to see someone with my size — except (Daniel) Cormier, who is short. I think it will be good for me to drop down in weight. I’ll be stronger and faster without the extra weight I put on to fight at heavyweight. I think it will be great. But I can also fight at heavyweight if they need me, no problem. I can fight at both.”
Ryan Spann (14-5, UFC debut)
Spann is making his UFC debut this Saturday against Henrique. His five losses for his career were against Brandon Farran by TKO, Leo Leite by unanimous decision, Robert Drysdale by submission, Trevin Giles by split decision, and Karl Roberson by KO. Spann’s last win in his career was against Emiliano Sordi by submission in June of 2018. Spann has been a pro since 2013 and has three wins by TKO/KO and 10 by submission. He has 12 first round finishes.
Strikes landed per minute: Henrique 1.76/ Spann 7.32
Accuracy: Henrique 41% / Spann 55%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Henrique 2.01/ Spann 14.63
Defense: Henrique 44% / Spann 23%
Takedown average: Henrique 2.85 / Spann 0.00
Accuracy: Henrique 36% / Spann 0%
Takedowns defended: Henrique 50% / Spann 100%
Submission average: Henrique 1.0 / Spann 21.9
Spann is making his UFC debut and we really don’t know what he is made of and how he will fare in the UFC. Henrique has been struggling in the UFC with only two wins in his five fights and he has lost his last two fights. It is hard to make a case for Henrique when he has fought less in his career than Spann and has been struggling to do well in the UFC. I really like to back fighters making their debut when they are favored, so I will take Spann in this fight.
UFC Fight Night 137 takes place on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil. The main card has five fights on FS1, featuring Eryk Anders taking on Thiago Santos. There are nine fights on the preliminary card with four on FS2 and five on UFC Fight Pass.
Main Card (FS1)
Light Heavyweight – Thiago Santos -165 vs. Eryk Anders
Welterweight - Alex Oliveira -415 vs. Carlo Pedersoli Jr.
Light Heavyweight - Sam Alvey -325 vs. Antônio Rogério Nogueira
Bantamweight - Renan Barão -135 vs. Andre Ewell
Women's Strawweight - Randa Markos -115 vs. Marina Rodriguez
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 2)
Lightweight - Charles Oliveira -351 vs. Christos Giagos
Lightweight - Francisco Trinaldo -260 vs. Evan Dunham
Light Heavyweight - Ryan Spann -175 vs. Luis Henrique
Heavyweight - Augusto Sakai -250 vs. Chase Sherman
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Welterweight - Sérgio Moraes -290 vs. Ben Saunders
Women's Flyweight - Gillian Robertson -145 vs. Mayra Bueno Silva
Middleweight - Hector Lombard -125 vs. Thales Leites
Welterweight - Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos -665 vs. Luigi Vendramini
Women's Strawweight - Livia Renata Souza -1138 vs. Alex Chambers
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