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Nikita Krylov faces Ryan Spann this Saturday in Las Vegas. Lightning Locks shares his UFC Night Main Event pick. Read on to find out what it is.

Nikita Krylov vs Ryan Spann Prediction: UFC Fight Night Main Event Pick

The main event for UFC Fight Night: Krylov vs Spann is an absolute barn-burning slobber knocker if we're being perfectly honest with all due respect. While it might not have the most intrinsic name value from a casual going perspective, styles, and combatants make fights and this matchup has all of that in droves.

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Krylov vs Spann Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: February 25, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM EDT
  • Where: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+

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Nikita Krylov vs Ryan Spann Prediction

Nikita Krylov is bursting onto the light heavyweight seams 29-9, a rather insane statistic when you factor in that he started his UFC tenure circa 2013 at the ripe age of 20. Ryan Spann has had a not-so-boisterous go of things, starting his octagon run much later but exuding a pulse nevertheless with a record of 7-2, six of those dubs being by a grotesque finish.

Superman Spann will measure out at a ridiculous 6 foot 5 inches as well as bolstering a near 82' reach for his troubles. He is going to need all of that and more when squaring off with the Unbridled Ukrainian in Krylov. So when it's all said and done, who kicks off the 2023 season with a victory, and who has to subsequently bite the bullet and fall down the rankings intrinsically? While Spann has all the tools in not just the physical but technical department as well, the fact of the matter is that he is a nincompoop when it comes to his choices and overall fight IQ exhibited once the cage door closes. 

I will never forget when he had Johnny Walker dead to rights nearly out on his feet, only to somehow fumble the bag entirely and get put out with Travis Browne Elbows after trying to enact some ill-conceived takedowns alongside the fence. I am fully aware that Krylov is not exactly Einstein in there either, as evident by his fluketacular submission loss to Paul Craig just a year prior, however, the man has shown more often than not that he can handle things and secure the bag when the go and gets tough.

Sit back and relax as Nikita "Coalminer" Krylov fends off an early barrage from Ryan Spann, weathering the hellacious storm until he manages to drag out Superman into deep waters (which to him is leaving the first round) on route to a finish before the 2.5 total mark.

Nikita Krylov vs Ryan Spann Pick

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