Ion Cutelaba Favored to Beat Ryan Spann at UFC on ESPN 36

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  • Ion Cutelaba has opened as the -200 betting favorite against Ryan Spann.
  • Cutelaba ann Spann will fight at UFC on ESPN 36 on May 14th at the UFC APEX.
  • The pair was originally scheduled to meet at UFC Fight Night 202 last February 26th but the bout was postponed after Spann got injured.

Ion Cutelaba has debuted as the betting favorite in his upcoming bout against Ryan Spann.

The top UFC betting sites have listed the Cutelaba as the 1/2 betting favorite against Spann who came back at +170 when the betting lines for their light heavyweight bout were released earlier this week:

The two are scheduled to fight at UFC on ESPN 36 on May 14th at the UFC APEX Facility in Las Vegas, Nevada in an event that will be headlined by light heavyweight contenders Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic.

Cutelaba and Spann were supposed to fight at UFC Fight Night 202 last February 26th but the bout was postponed after Spann suffered an injury while training. Cutelaba opened as the -150 betting favorite in that first booking while Spann came back as the +130 bottom dog.

Cutelaba Bloodies Devin Clark in Decision Win

Cutelaba is coming off a unanimous decision win over Devin Clark in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 37 last September 18th. In that bout, Cutelaba showed off an improved gas tank and bloodied Clark on the ground to win the fight on points by taking seven out of the nine total rounds on the three judges’ scorecards. The win snapped a three-fight winless streak for Cutelaba who entered the fight without a win since September 2019.

The 28-year-old Moldovan began his career fighting for promotions like ECSF and WWFC before joining the UFC in 2016. A former European Combat Sambo champion, Cutelaba picked up a modest 4-3 record to open his UFC career. However, after knocking out Khalil Rountree at UFC Fight Night 160, he suffered back-to-back stoppage losses to Magomed Ankalaev and then figured in a split draw with Dustin Jacoby.

All of Cutelaba’s losses have come with the plus money sign written next to his name. Meanwhile, all his wins have been as the betting favorite, except his fight against Rountree when he closed at even money odds. In his most recent bout, Cutelaba was the -155 favorite against Clark despite being winless in his previous three bouts.

Anthony Smith Submits Spann

Spann meanwhile will be trying to return to the winner’s circle after losing via first round submission to Anthony Smith in a highly-charged main event at UFC Vegas 37 last September 18, 2021. That defeat was the second in three bouts for Spann who opened his UFC career with consecutive victories against Luis Henrique, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Devin Clark, and Sam Alvey.

The 30-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee is a former Legacy Fighting Alliance light heavyweight champion and Hero FC middleweight champion. Spann joined the UFC via the Contender Series in 2018 where he scored a submission win over Emiliano Sordi. After four straight wins inside the Octagon, Spann was knocked out in the first round by Johnny Walker at UFC Fight Night 178. He bounced back with a knockout win against Misha Cirkunov before losing to Smith in his most recent bout.

With his current price, Spann has opened as the betting underdog for a fourth consecutive bout and will be doing so with the longest opening odds during that span, with his +140 initial odds against Smith previously his longest. Spann opened at +105 and closed as the +125 bottom dog when he defeated Cirkunov.

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Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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