Nikita Krylov vs Ryan Spann


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Nikita Krylov vs Ryan Spann Prediction Breakdown:🥊

We have two light heavyweight ranked fighters facing off in Nikita Krylov and Ryan Spann on the main card of UFC Fight Night: Van vs Dvalishvili. Both fighters are coming off 2 wins each and we will see which fighter prevails to advance to a 3 fight win streak and possibly jump into the top 5.

Recent Performances:🥊

Nikita Krylov won his last 2 fights against Volkan Oezdemir by decision on October 22nd, 2022 and Alexander Gustafsson by KO in July 2022. Krylov showcased his striking skills with his ability to mix it up against Volkan Oezdemir and was able to control the pace of the fight after taking some big shots but responded well with his own pressure.

Ryan Spann won his last 2 fights against Dominick Reyes by knockout with a vicious jab on November 12th, 2022 and Ion Cutelaba in May of 2022 with a guillotine. Spann was able to catch Reyes with a thudding jab that sent Reyes crashing to the canvas within the first 2 minutes of the 1st round.

Strengths and Weakness:⚖️

Nikita Krylov is a well-rounded fighter with strong striking and grappling skills. He is known for his aggressive style and ability to finish fights. Krylov has a lot of experience and has fought the best of the best in the division including former recent champions like Glover and Jan Blachowicz however he lost to both via a decision and arm triangle. Despite Krylov's submission skills he tends to tends to get caught in a lot of submissions in his losses himself, this has been a consistent trend throughout his career.

Ryan Spann is a powerful striker with good grappling and submission skills. He is known for his explosive style and ability to finish fights. Spann doesn't quite match up to Krylov in terms of his experience versus quality opponents with his biggest name being Anthony Smith who he lost to via a rear naked choke.

Possible Outcomes: 🔮
  1. Krylov submits or TKOs Spann: Given Krylov's impressive submission skills, he could catch Spann with ground and pound either ending the fight or opening up transition and submission opportunities.
  2. Spann knocks out Krylov: Spann could catch Krylov with a big punch and end the fight early.
  3. Spann submission: Krylov has had a huge tendency of getting caught in submissions with most recently coming from Paul Craig.
Nikita Krylov vs Ryan Spann Prediction Pick: 🥊

I believe Ryan Spann really lucked out with the fight being made into a catchweight bout. Ryan Spann has struggled to make 205 and after cutting to 205 just a few weeks ago another weight cut would've put a major toll on his body that he simply couldn't afford against a guy like Krylov. This fight can go multiple ways really and I can see either guy winning fight. Ultimately I do like the plus money for a refreshed Spann to finish either way.

Picks: Spann Finish +160 or Spann KO +350

Tale of The Tape: ⚖

Nikita Krylov:

  • Age: 30 years old
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • Reach: 77.5"
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • MMA Record (Wins): 29 (12 KO/TKO, 15 Submissions, 2 Decisions)
  • MMA Record (Losses): 9 (1 KO/TKO, 6 Submissions, 2 Decisions)

Ryan Spann:

  • Age: 31 years old
  • Height: 6'5"
  • Weight: 205 lbs
  • Reach: 81.5"
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • MMA Record (Wins): 21 (6 KO/TKO, 12 Submissions, 3 Decisions)
  • MMA Record (Losses): 7 (3 KO/TKO, 2 Submissions, 2 Decisions)




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