Ricky Simon

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Crushing defeat in Vegas
BantamweightUFC
January 13, 2024
Simon lost to Mario Bautista via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Simon was primed to make a move at 135 pounds as recently as last April. He had won five in a row before being dominated by Yadong Song in a lopsided main event loss. He had a chance to get back in the win column here against Bautista as a -180 favorite and simply wasn't able to put it all together. Ricky is known as a high-volume wrestler with excellent cardio, yet it was Mario that had the better gas tank. With the fight possibly in the balance in the closing minutes, Simon faded, while Bautista excelled. It's going to be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the 31-year-old Simon to overcome these back-to-back setbacks. There's simply too much depth and talent at bantamweight these days.
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Scheduled to fight Bautista
BantamweightUFC
October 8, 2023
Simon will compete against Mario Bautista in a bantamweight fight at UFC Vegas 83 on Jan. 13, according to Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl.
ANALYSIS
Simon will look to begin his 2024 on a positive note. The bantamweight logged only one fight during 2023, during which he was dominated for all but one of five rounds against Yadong Song.
Dominated in main event loss
BantamweightUFC
April 29, 2023
Simon lost to Yadong Song via TKO (punches) at 1:10 of Round 5 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
The winner of five straight fights and competing in his first UFC main event, Simon appeared to be overwhelmed by the moment. The only round in which he hung around was the first. Song pulled away as the fight progressed, and by the time it was done, this one had deteriorated into a rout. Simon is extremely reliant on his wrestling and cardio for success. He landed just 2-of-9 takedowns in this one, good for 0:51 worth of control time. That's not going to get the job done against a high-level striker such as Song. This is a massive setback to Simon's chances of making a run in a loaded bantamweight division. Set to turn 31 years of age in late-August, Ricky's only truly notable UFC victory came over Merab Dvalishvili, and that was more than five years ago.
Fight rescheduled
BantamweightUFC
April 18, 2023
Simon is set to face off with Yadong Song at UFC Fight Night on April 29, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Simon and Yadong Song's bout has been flexed to the headline event of UFC Fight Night on April 29. Simon, who most recently defeated Jack Shore in July, will look to stay hot against Song.
Facing song in April
BantamweightUFC
January 23, 2023
Simon will face Yadong Song in a bantamweight fight April 22, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Simon is coming off of a decisive victory over Jack Shore via submission (arm triangle) in Round 2 of their bout in July. The win earned Simon a Performance of the Night bonus and improved his overall MMA record to 20-3. The 30-year-old has won five straight fights and his opponent Yadong Song is coming off of a loss. Song was defeated by Cory Sandhagen in September via TKO (doctor's stoppage) when he sustained a substantial cut above his left eye.
Statement win on Long Island
BantamweightUFC
July 16, 2022
Simon defeated Jack Shore via submission (arm triangle) at 3:28 of Round 2 at UFC on ABC 3 on Saturday on Long Island.
ANALYSIS
It was a dominant effort and true statement victory for Simon. Going up against an undefeated top prospect, Ricky dominated from bell-to-bell. He was the more aggressive fighter throughout the course of the bout, resulting in a significant edge in both striking and grappling. The finish came when Simon clipped Shore with a right hand which forced him to the mat and led to the submission. Simon couldn't have looked any better as a +130 underdog. With five straight wins under his belt and an 8-2 mark in 10 UFC bouts, people are starting to take notice of the soon-to-be 30-year-old Washington native. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts here.