Spann-Cutelaba UFC Fight Night 202 Co-Main postponed due to Spann injury

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A big Ultimate Fighting Championship fight at 205 pounds will have to wait a little longer.

In the light heavyweight division, Ryan Spann (19-7) and Ion Cutelaba (16-6-1) were scheduled to throw themselves at UFC Fight Night 202 on Feb. 26. The 205-pound banger was postponed from Thursday when Sherdog learned of the fight’s removal from the UFC Apex-based card. Cutelaba has since posted on his Instagram that Spann suffered an injury and the fight will be pushed back to a later date instead of looking for a replacement opponent.

Spann was looking to get back into the win column after alternating wins and losses in his last four. While he’s beaten Sam Alvey and Misha Cirkunov for the past two years, a pair of first-round stoppages against Johnny Walker and Anthony Smith recently blunted his momentum. “Superman” burst onto the scene in a trio of first-round destruction of LeMarcus Tucker, Myron Daniels and Alex Nicholson under the Legacy Fighting Alliance banner to earn a spot on the second season of Dana White’s Contender series. Spann nailed his second effort to earn a contract, tapping out Emiliano Sordi in under 30 seconds to earn a roster spot.

Moldovan Cutelaba bagged the second decision victory of his career in his last outing by dominating Devin Clark over three tough rounds in September 2021. The triumph ended a three-fight winless streak for ‘The Hulk’, who succumbed to two knockouts by Magomed Ankalaev and fought to a draw with Dustin Jacoby. While Spann celebrates an 84% career ending rate, Cutelaba tops him in that regard with 87% of his wins from inside the distance.

UFC Fight Night 202 will continue at UFC Apex in Las Vegas on February 26, and the new co-headliner has yet to be determined. The marquee match on the event comes in the lightweight division between Islam Makhachev and Beneil Dariush in a potential title eliminator. Additional main card slants include a middleweight battle between Cirkunov and Wellington Turman, and a lightweight delight pitting Arman Tsarukyan against Joel Alvarez.


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