Best bets for UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann

Best bets for UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann

    Reed Kuhn is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and strategy and analytics consultant. He is the author of “Fightnomics: The Hidden Numbers and Science in Mixed Martial Arts,” the first book to quantify drivers and performance metrics in combat sports.

Without MMA last week, most fans were left to contemplate whether Tito Ortiz can still take a punch or if Evander Holyfield can still throw one. Triller provided clear answers for both: “no.”

But now MMA is back, and the UFC kicks off nine straight weeks of fight cards that will take fans all the way to Thanksgiving without a break. First up is two light heavyweights trying to get into the title picture of a division that feels crowded with contenders, unless Jon Jones can return to it.

Prelims start at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+, and the main card begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

Odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

Light heavyweight main event: No. 6 Anthony Smith (-170) vs. No. 11 Ryan Spann (+145)

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