UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann September 18 Exclusively on ESPN+  

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UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann September 18 Exclusively on ESPN+  

Main Event: Light Heavyweights Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann  

Main Card at 7 p.m. ET, Prelims at 4 p.m. ET; Both exclusively on ESPN+  

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UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann presented by U.S. Army airs live from UFC APEX in Las Vegas this Saturday, Sept. 18, with both the prelims and the main card exclusively on ESPN+ (English and Spanish), at 4 p.m. ET and at 7 p.m. ET, respectively.  Live coverage includes UFC Live presented by Draft Kings on ESPN2 on Friday at 5 p.m. ET – expanded to an hour this week – and UFC Pre-Show: Smith vs. Spann presented by Draft Kings on Friday at 6:05 p.m. ET on ESPN+ providing fans with exclusive insights and views on the biggest stories heading into Fight Night.  

The main event features light heavyweights Anthony Smith (35-16) and Ryan Spann (19-6).  The fight marks Spann’s first as a headliner while Smith is on top of a fight card for the eighth time in his last nine fights.  Smith picked up a couple big wins after a short losing streak to get back in this spot.  Spann, who originally earned his UFC contract during his second attempt on Dana White’s Contender Series, holds a UFC record of 5-1. 

The co-main event also will see a light heavyweight clash, between Ion Cutelaba (15-6) and Devin Clark (12-5).  Cutelaba has 12 wins by knockout, two by submission.  He has 13 first-round finishes, including six within 30 seconds.  Clark is coming off a tough loss to Smith after winning two in a row.  He has three knockouts and one victory by submission. 

Calling the action will be play-by-play announcer Brendan Fitzgerald, alongside two former fighters as analysts – former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier and Michael Bisping.  Heidi Androl will handle reporting duties. 


  • Thursday: UFC Fight Night Expert Picks — Does Ryan Spann have what it takes to stop Anthony Smith?  
  • Friday: UFC Fight Night Viewers Guide 

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Programming (All times ET) 

Fri., 9/17  5 p.m.  UFC Live presented by Draft Kings: Smith vs. Spann  ESPN2 
6:05 p.m.  UFC Fight Night Pre-Show:  

Smith vs. Spann  

Sat., 9/18  4 p.m.  UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann presented by U.S. Army (Prelims)   ESPN+ 
7 p.m.  UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann presented by U.S. Army (Main Card)   ESPN+ 
10 p.m.*  UFC Fight Night Post Show:  

Smith vs. Spann  


* immediately following main card 

Main Card and Prelims (All times ET) 

7 PM  Main  Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann 
Co-Main  Ion Cutelaba vs. Devin Clark 
Undercard  Ariane Lipski vs. Mandy Bohm 
Undercard  Arman Tsarukyan vs. Christos Giagos 
Undercard  Mike Rodriguez vs. Tafon Nchukwi 
Undercard  Nate Maness vs. Tony Gravely 
Undercard  Joaquin Buckley vs. Antonio Arroyo 
  Feature  Pannie Kianzad vs. Raquel Pennington 
Undercard  Rongzhu vs. Brandon Jenkins 
Undercard  Nikolas Motta vs. Cameron VanCamp 
Undercard  Montel Jackson vs. JP Buys 
Undercard  Erin Blanchfield vs. Sarah Alpar 
Undercard  Impa Kasanganay vs. Carlston Harris 
Undercard  Gustavo Lopez vs. Alatengheili 
Undercard  Emily Whitmire vs. Hannah Goldy 


Contacts ESPN / ESPN+:
Santa Brito / [email protected] / 646-547-5602
Ardi Dwornik / [email protected] / 646-547-5612

Dave Nagle / [email protected] / 860-766-2241 

Paul Melvin / [email protected] / 860-766-5069 
Kevin Ota / [email protected] / 860-766-9581 



Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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