UFC Fight Night betting preview: Smith to submit his way to victory in Vegas

We return to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas this weekend for a huge UFC fight card – you will not want to miss this one.

Former world title challenger Anthony Smith will enter the octagon once more in this Saturday's main event to face the dangerous Ryan Spann, following a number of impressive performances.

Our Planet Sport tipsters will analyse the standout fights below. Maybe one of the bouts below will catch your eye.

Here's a snapshot of our selections:

Joaquin Buckley (1/2) vs Antonio Arroyo (13/8) - Middleweight

Arman Tsarukyan (2/13) v Christos Giagos (9/2) - Lightweight

Ion Cutelaba (4/6) vs Devin Clark (5/4) - Co-main

Anthony Smith (4/7) vs Ryan Spann (11/8) - Main Event

Anthony Smith vs Ryan Spann

Why not start with the main event, especially when it is as intriguing as this. The two American fighters have had impressive careers to date - making this one hard to call.

Since his return to light heavyweight in September 2017, Ryan Spann has achieved nine MMA wins from 10; his last defeat was to Johnny Walker in September last year at UFC Fight Night 178.

However, since the defeat, the 'Superman' pulled off a remarkable first minute TKO against the Latvian-Canadian Misha Cirkunov in March.

His remarkable efforts earned him Performance of the Night and an extra $50,000 in prize money - confidence personified.

Despite his victory last time in the Octagon, I doubt Spann will win this one in a matter of minutes. His opponent Anthony Smith, priced at around 4/7, is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

With the chance to make it three wins a row, following his previous TKO win against Jimmy Crute in April, the 'Lionheart' is favoured for this bout.

Smith favours a KO/TKO over submission - winning 54% of his bouts by that manner. With Spann losing three of six this way, his fate may be already be sealed.

Ion Cutelaba vs Devin Clark

Ion Cutelaba, 4/6, will not be happy with his last three results in the Octagon and will be looking to bounce back in his co-main fight card against the American Devin Clark.

Cutelaba - with a record of 15-6-1 - has produced two losses and a split decision draw to Dustin Jacoby in May this year in his last three bouts. At least the latter was a step closer to victory.

That is what he will be searching for this Saturday, hoping to add a win for the first time since September 2019. With 12 of his 15 victories being through KO/TKO, he will be looking to land a bout winning fist this weekend.

However, his opponent Devin Clark, 5/4, doesn't give up that easily. With an average fight time of 11:25, and eight wins of his 12 won by decision, Cutelaba may be in for a long night.

Clark also has only faced defeat five times to his 12 wins - two of them being via knockout, a not so pretty sight for his Moldovan counterpart.

If Clark can continue his significant strike rate of 57%, he may edge it on points. However, Cutelaba's chances of victory are still on the cards through Clark's fighting style.

If 'The Hulk' continues his impressive average of 5.24 strikes landed per minute, the judges may have a tough decision to make on Saturday night.

Arman Tsarukyan vs Christos Giagos

Christos Giagos is hoping to make it three successive wins when he faces Arman Tsarukyan in a lightweight showdown on Saturday night.

"The Spartan" submitted Sean Soriano back in May and was awarded the performance of the night alongside Charles Oliveira - UFC's current king at 155lbs - pocketing an extra $75,000.

Giagos is priced at around 9/2 with Planet Sport Bet. The experienced fighter has entered his best form within UFC, winning four out of his last five bouts - and what a time to do it - with the lightweight division opening up since the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov.

His 24-year-old Armenian opponent Tsarukyan is a promising fighter, ranked No.14 in the world, having only lost two out of 18.

However, he has fought just once in nearly 14 months compared to Giagos - who has been in action twice in 10 months - and inactivity in the octagon could prove a huge factor here.

If he resurrects his younger self and pulls out another tap-out, Giagos will certainly climb up the world rankings and continue his best career run, totaling his overall wins to 20.

Joaquin Buckley vs Antonio Arroyo

Favourite Joaquin Buckley has been priced at around 1/2 with Planet Sport Bet and has the chance to make it three wins from four when he faces the Brazilian underdog Antonio Arroyo.

American Buckley has impressed in his last year of fighting, particularly making a name for himself with his spectacular spinning back kick KO against Impa Kasanganay in October 2020.

Performance of the Night and Knockout of the Year was awarded to the 'New Mansa', accompanied with a $50,000 bonus.

A following KO and Performance of the Night win was to come against Jordan Wright in November that year. However, he tasted defeat to Italian Alessio Di Chirico in January on the prelims of Holloway-Kattar, which stopped him from three successive wins.

Despite his previous defeat, he is favoured to win in Las Vegas as he faces an Arroyo who comes off of two defeats on the spin.

The Brazilian, who has been priced at around 13/8, has a serious challenge on the cards - and with two of his last three wins being due to submission - he may find it tough in the octagon with Buckley's 100% takedown defence.

However, he may have a shot at a KO with his impressive 70% strike accuracy. Despite this, Buckley's notable average 5.46 strikes per minute may set the Brazilian back, presenting viewers with an entertaining watch.

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