LAS VEGAS – Contrary to the assumption of his UFC Fight Night 192 opponent, Ryan Spann isn’t indignant.
His temper is kind of the opposite, in accordance with Spann (19-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC), who thinks his struggle night time foe Anthony Smith (35-16 MMA, 12-8 UFC) is misplacing depth for anger. Entering his first promotional fundamental occasion, which takes place Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Spann couldn’t be happier.
“I think maybe the tone that came off (in the pre-fight promotional videos),” 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 glad. I’ve quite a lot of respect for him. I’m glad. I’m in an excellent 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 year hear, ‘You can do this,’ or ‘You can do that.’ But for the longest when you’re fighting for free hearing that you can be champion of the world, you’re looking down a dark tunnel. Now, I’ve gotten to the point where I can see glimpses of the light. Now, it just makes me stronger, makes me freer. I’m happy because I’m actually 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 in opposition to Johnny Walker in September 2020. Through his ups and downs, Spann has develop into stronger – and extra passionate. Perhaps his ardour is mistaken for anger.
“It’s not that I’m angry, man,” Spann stated. “I’m fighting for something. I can’t let anyone take it. It doesn’t matter who shows up, who it is. I can’t let anyone take it. It’s not anger. I’m not angry. Now, I feel like I’m in a therapy session. ‘You are angry.’ ‘I am not angry.’ … I don’t know where it came from but it doesn’t matter because it won’t change anything. The result is still going to be the same.”
As for the struggle, Spann isn’t involved with what Smith brings to the desk. He doesn’t watch tape or prepare too particularly for the stylistic matchup throughout camp. Whatever Smith throws at him, Spann anticipates he’ll be ready.
“Honestly, I don’t know what he’s going to try to do and I really don’t care because it’s not going to work,” Spann stated. “The plan, if it goes according to how I’ve been seeing it, it doesn’t matter what he (does). It won’t work.”
UFC Fight Night 192 takes place Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streams on ESPN+.