Best bets for UFC Fight Night: Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann

Anthony Smith likely will have to weather an early storm against Ryan Spann. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

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)