Final Combating Championship (UFC) returns to the harm enterprise this Sat. night time (Sept. 18, 2021) with the UFC Vegas 37 “Smith vs. Spann” occasion on ESPN+, which because the identify suggests, is headlined by the sunshine heavyweight showdown between Prime 10 combatants Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann.
Smith, who’s ranked 5 spots above Spann at No. 6, insists there isn’t a pre-existing beef between himself and the previous “Contender Sequence” standout, which is why “Lionheart” was so confused as to why a fired-up “Superman” was ranting and raving in one of many promotion’s pre-fight hype movies.
“What a nerd. I simply laughed at it the entire time,” Smith instructed The MMA Hour. “Like, what are you so mad about? It appears like a bunch of shit that’s bothering him, that he’s bought to persuade himself. After which on the finish he hit me with the previous ‘Watchmen’ quote, when Rorschach was in jail: ‘I’m not locked in right here with you, you’re locked in right here with me.’ Get out of right here, you fucking dork.”
Spann later downplayed his anger — however not his pre-fight scouting report.
“Opposite to apparently Daniel Cormier’s (who additionally stated it) and Ariel Helwani’s beliefs I’m not mad,” Spann wrote on Twitter. “Removed from it lol, and Anthony Smith that’s fact (no offense), not a quote from a film I’ve by no means seen.”
Smith (35-16) is coming off back-to-back finishes over Jimmy Crute and Devin Clark, the primary time “Lionheart has gained consecutive fights since battling Jon Jones for the 205-pound strap again in early 2019. As for Spann (19-6), he rebounded from a knockout loss to Johnny Walker by smashing Misha Cirkunov at UFC Vegas 21.
“I respect his talents, for positive. I respect his attributes. I respect his expertise. I simply don’t — I suppose I don’t discuss him,” Smith continued. “Like, I don’t actually know him. I’ve gotten a vibe that he doesn’t like me. A few of that stuff, that’s his personal insecurities. what I imply? He’s the one who stored speaking about, ‘This can be a most important occasion and I’m not nervous.’ Effectively, you’re the one who retains speaking about it. That is simply on a regular basis shit for me. You’re the one who retains bringing it up.”
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