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UFC Vegas 37: Anthony Smith strikes hard to choke out Ryan Spann

Anthony Smith used crisp striking to stun Ryan Spann and then a rear-naked choke to earn the submission victory in the main event of UFC Vegas 37 in Las Vegas.

Spann tried to pressure Smith from the opening, using a body lock to contain him. Smith broke free and landed a shot that stunned “Superman” but he recovered, rolling with a Smith armbar attempt back to the feet.

But Smith connected again in an exchange that dropped Spann and this time, Smith pounced to flatten Spann out and apply the rear-naked choke.

Referee Herb Dean called the bout at 3:47 of the first frame.

The win was third consecutive finish for Smith, 33, with a chance to improve on his current  No. 6 ranking. Spann has now been finished twice in his last three bouts.

Smith, Arman Tsayrukyan, Joaquin Buckley, and Nate Maness all earned performances of the night and a $50,000 USD bonus apiece.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

HANNAH GOLDY DEF. EMILY WHITMORE VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 4:17

GUSTAVO LOPEZ VS. HEILI ALATENG UNANIMOUS DRAW (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)

CARLSTON HARRIS DEF. IMPA KASANGANAY VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 2:38

ERIN BLANCHFIELD DEF. SARAH ALPAR VIA UD (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)

MONTEL JACKSON DEF. JP BUYS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ZHU RONG DEF. BRANDON JENKINS VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 4:35

RAQUEL PENNINGTON DEF. PANNIE KIANZAD VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

TAFON NCHUKWI DEF. MIKE RODRIGUEZ VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD

JOAQUIN BUCKLEY VS. ANTONIO ARROYO

 

WINNER: JOAQUIN BUCKLEY VIA KO (PUNCHES) R3 2:26

ANDREWS PREDICTIN: JOAQUIN BUCKLEY VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Nice right hand to seal the deal.

NATE MANESS VS. TONY GRAVELY 

 

WINNER: NATE MANESS VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 2:10

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NATE MANESS VIA UD

Andrews: I thought this one would go the distance but Maness beat Gravely to the punch, literally.

ARMAN TSARUKYAN VS. CHRISTOS GIAGOS

 

WINNER: ARMAN TSARUKYAN VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 2:09

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ARMAN TSARUKYAN VIA UD

Andrews: Arman left no doubt.

ARIANE LIPSKI VS. MANDY BOHN

 

WINNER: ARIANE LIPSKI VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ARIANE LIPSKI VIA TKO

Andrews: Lipski outworked Bohn each round.

ION CUTELABA VS. DEVIN CLARK

WINNER: ION  CUTELABA VIA UD (30-26, 29-26, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DEVIN CLARK VIA UD

Andrews: Cutelaba was actually a beast in the octagon too and boy did Devin pay the price.

MAIN EVENT

#6 ANTHONY SMITH VS. #11 RYAN SPANN 

WINNER: ANTHONY SMITH VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 3:47

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANTHONY SMITH VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Smith looked like Bret Hitman Hart out there. Excellence of execution.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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