Ryan Spann knocks Dominick Reyes out cold at UFC 281

Daniel Cunningham
May 9, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Ryan Spann (red gloves) before fighting Sam Alvey (blue gloves) during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

On the prelims of tonight’s UFC 281 stacked card, we saw the return of one of the best light heavyweights in the world. Former two-time title challenger Dominick Reyes (12-3) was back as he took on “Superman” Ryan Spann (20-7).

Now, Reyes was entering the fight on a three-fight losing streak. However, it’s important to remember the competition. He had faced Jon Jones, Jan Blachowicz, and Jiri Prochazka. He was looking to get back on the winning track against Spann.

Spann was coming off a big win over Ion Cutelaba where he shocked everyone by submitting him. This was a huge opportunity for Spann who was looking for the biggest win of his UFC career.

UFC 281 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 281 light heavyweight contest kicked off without a touch of the gloves. Spann takes the center and Reyes circles on the outside. Big right hand from Spann and that hurts Reyes. Reyes catches him coming in with a check hook and then they hit the mat.

Spann attacks a guillotine but Reyes is able to get away and they are back on the feet. Huge 1-2 down the middle from Reyes. Another huge combination from Spann and Reyes is out cold. Goodness gracious Ryan Spann.

Ryan Spann def. Dominick Reyes by KO – Round 1