Ryan Spann was eager to headline his second UFC event.
Spann was set to headline UFC Vegas 70 against Nikita Krylov in an intriguing matchup at light heavyweight where the winner could get right into the title picture. However, just hours before the fight, it was revealed Krylov fell ill and the bout was scratched which was heartbreaking for Spann.
Ryan Spann On The Cancellation
“Yeah, I got one [word]: f**k. I was peeing (when I found out),” Spann said backstage at UFC Vegas 70. “I had (USADA) with me, my coach comes storming in yelling for me, and it was him, Hunter (Campbell), and Sean (Shelby) that let me know that I wasn’t going to be able to fight… “S**t happens, it’s just…f**k”
The news was disappointing for Spann as he says he worked on a lot of different things in this camp. As well, he won’t get the chance to show off his improvements to all the fans.
“I wouldn’t call it a wasted camp, because we weren’t training for this specific fight,” Spann said. “We were in champ camp. The plan was to go back to work Monday either way, so I guess that’s what we’re going to have to do. The disappointment comes from me not being able to show off some of the s*** that we’ve been doing. My team invested a lot of time in me, and I wanted to be able to pay them back with a beautiful performance.”
However, according to reports, Ryan Spann vs. Nikita Krylov has been rebooked for March 11 so the two will still get to fight – it has just been pushed back two weeks.
Ryan Spann (21-7) is on a two-fight winning streak and is coming off the biggest win of his career as he knocked out Dominick Reyes at UFC 281. Prior to that, he submitted Ion Cutelaba in the first round. Spann is currently ranked eighth at light heavyweight and is 7-2 in the UFC with notable wins over Sam Alvey, Devin Clark, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira among others.