LAS VEGAS – Opposite to the assumption of his UFC Battle Night time 192 opponent, Ryan Spann isn’t indignant.
His temper is sort of the opposite, in response to Spann (19-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC), who thinks his combat evening foe Anthony Smith (35-16 MMA, 12-8 UFC) is misplacing intensity for anger. Coming into his first promotional predominant occasion, which takes place Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Spann couldn’t be happier.
“I feel possibly the tone that got here off (within the pre-fight promotional movies),” Spann stated at a pre-fight information convention Wednesday. “It wasn’t the truth that I’m indignant once I stated what I stated. I’m not indignant. I’m very, very completely satisfied. I’ve numerous respect for him. I’m completely satisfied. I’m in place. I’ve seen the place this takes my household. I’ve seen a glimpse of it, like, attending to take my spouse on a visit.
“… For the longest yr hear, ‘You are able to do this,’ or ‘You are able to do that.’ However for the longest while you’re preventing without spending a dime listening to you can be champion of the world, you’re trying down a darkish tunnel. Now, I’ve gotten to the purpose the place I can see glimpses of the sunshine. Now, it simply makes me stronger, makes me freer. I’m completely satisfied as a result of I’m really seeing fruits of my labor now.”
Spann, 30, is 9-1 in his most up-to-date 10 outings. He’s solely misplaced as soon as, a knockout defeat that got here in a wild back-and-forth brawl towards Johnny Walker in September 2020. Via his ups and downs, Spann has grow to be stronger – and extra passionate. Maybe his ardour is mistaken for anger.
“It’s not that I’m indignant, man,” Spann stated. “I’m preventing for one thing. I can’t let anybody take it. It doesn’t matter who reveals up, who it’s. I can’t let anybody take it. It’s not anger. I’m not indignant. Now, I really feel like I’m in a remedy session. ‘You might be indignant.’ ‘I’m not indignant.’ … I don’t know the place it got here from however it doesn’t matter as a result of it gained’t change something. The end result continues to be going to be the identical.”
As for the combat, Spann isn’t involved with what Smith brings to the desk. He doesn’t watch tape or practice too particularly for the stylistic matchup throughout camp. No matter Smith throws at him, Spann anticipates he’ll be ready.
“Truthfully, I don’t know what he’s going to attempt to do and I actually don’t care as a result of it’s not going to work,” Spann stated. “The plan, if it goes in response to how I’ve been seeing it, it doesn’t matter what he (does). It gained’t work.”
UFC Battle Night time 192 takes place Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The cardboard streams on ESPN+.