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#12 Light Heavyweight Division

Active

"Superman"

Ryan Spann

Light Heavyweight Division

20-7-0 (W-L-D)

5

Wins by Knockout

12

Wins by Submission

14

First Round Finishes

Ryan Spann

athlete record

Event Results

Info

Learn more about Ryan Spann's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Hometown
Memphis, United States
Trains at
Fortis MMA
Fighting style
MMA
Age
30
Height
77.00
Weight
206.00
Octagon Debut
Jul. 25, 2017
Reach
79.00
Leg reach
45.50

Fighter Facts

  • Pro since 2013
     
  • Five wins by KO, 12 by submission (9 guillotine, 3 rear naked choke)
     
  • 14 first round finishes
     
  • Has won 10 of his last 12
     
  • Lost 2016 bout to UFC vet Robert Drysdale
     
  • Origin of nickname: “It really should be ‘Superman Jr.’ because my dad is also called ‘Superman.’ Somehow, I ended up with it as well.”

UFC History
UFC Fight Night
(5/14/22) Spann submitted Ion Cutelaba via guillotine choke at 2:22 of the first round 
UFC Fight Night (9/18/21) Spann was submitted by Anthony Smith via rear-naked choke at 3:47 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (3/13/21) Spann stopped Misha Cirkunov via strikes at 1:11 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (9/19/20) Spann was knocked out by Johnny Walker at 2:43 of the first round
UFC 249 (5/9/20) Spann won a three round split decision over Sam Alvey
UFC Fight Night (10/12/19) Spann submitted Devin Clark via guillotine choke at 2:01 of the second round
UFC 237 (5/11/19) Spann knocked out Rogerio Nogueira at 2:07 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (9/22/18) Spann won a three round unanimous decision over Luis Henrique

Dana White's Contender Series, Season 2
Week Two
(6/19/18) Spann submitted Emiliano Sordi via guillotine choke at :26 of round one

Dana White's Contender Series, Season 1
Week Three
(7/25/17) Spann was knocked out by Karl Roberson at :15 of the first round

 

Q&A

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training at 18 months old due to my older brother (by 10 years and 20 days) wanting to start Tae Kwon Do while my mother worked two jobs to provide for us. I’ve trained in several disciplines growing up (Six, although holding a black belt in none).
What ranks and titles have you held? Two amateur titles and one pro title.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? The ability to give my children what I didn’t have.
What was your job before you started fighting? I always trained full-time
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 9-1 record, two titles
Favorite grappling technique: Chokes
Favorite Striking technique: Kicks