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.
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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|
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