UFC Vegas 37: Where to watch, fight card & odds
After a week away, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to action on September 18 in their UFC APEX home base with UFC Vegas 37.
The 14-fight card features a battle of top-15 light heavyweights when former title challenger Anthony Smith takes on LFA and Dana White’s Contender Series veteran Ryan Spann. The event also features the Octagon returns of promotion stalwart Raquel Pennington, and action fighters Joaquin Buckley and Ariane Lipski.
How to watch UFC Vegas 37 on September 18
- UFC Vegas 37 kicks off with the prelims at 4 pm ET on ESPN+
- Main card action follows at 7 pm and will also air exclusively on ESPN+
UFC Vegas 37 fight card
UFC Vegas 37 appointment television fights
Anthony Smith vs Ryan Spann
Smith vs Spann is all about the biggest opportunity in the career of “Superman.” Although not a massive favorite, Smith will be expected to win this clash. He has a proven track record in the UFC and has competed against arguably the best ever in Jon Jones. For the 30-year-old Spann, this is a golden opportunity for a hugely important breakout moment in his first UFC headliner. Smith is only 33 but has two careers worth of fight miles on him after competing 51 times as a prizefighter. The years of wear and tear have to catch up at some point. His opponent has to hope it comes on Saturday night.
Prediction: Smith by submission, round 3
Joaquin Buckley vs Antônio Arroyo
After his now-legendary back kick knockout of Impa Kasanganay (who is also on this card) in October of 2020, Buckley instantly became a name in the sport. However, since that ultra-memorable moment, he has split his next two and was on the wrong end of a stunning first-round knockout to Alessio Di Chirico in January at UFC on ABC 1. He needs a bounce-back win to keep his momentum and gets an action fighter in Antonio Arroyo who will be trying just as hard to get a finish and end a two-fight losing streak in the Octagon.
Prediction: Buckley by unanimous decision
Pannie Kianzad vs Raquel Pennington
The Ultimate Fighter Season 28 runner-up Pannie Kianzad is on a roll. She has won four straight and is evolving into a possible future contender at bantamweight. If she wants to prove her worth as a legitimate rising star in the division, the twelfth-ranked talent needs to overcome an outstanding litmus test in Pennington. While no longer ranked, “Rocky” is a proven commodity in the division and a former title challenger. She is double tough and a handful in a striking firefight. Considering both women’s penchant to stand and throw, this could be a sleeper contender for “fight of the night.”
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