Ricky Simon

USA

Finished by Urijah Faber
BantamweightUFC
July 13, 2019
Simon lost to Urijah Faber via KO (punches) at 0:46 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sacramento.
ANALYSIS
You can't help but feel for Simon. Fighting a UFC Hall of Famer in hostile territory, Simon got off to a terrific start in the opening few seconds. He smashed Faber with multiple effective leg kicks and was moving well, but one sweeping right hook later, it was effectively over. The loss snaps an eight-fight win streak for Simon. The soon-to-be 27-year-old will be back. His best days are ahead of him.
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Set to fight UFC Hall of Famer
BantamweightUFC
May 28, 2019
Simon (15-1-0) is slated to fight Urijah Faber (34-10-0) in a bantamweight fight July 13 at UFC Sacramento, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports.
ANALYSIS
Faber, a 40-year-old UFC Hall of Famer, will end his two-and-a-half-year retirement to make his return to the Octagon in his hometown of Sacramento. Though Faber has experience on his side, his advanced age and lack of recent action should work in the favor of the 26-year-old Simon, who is riding an eight-fight winning streak. Simon pushed his promotional record to a perfect 3-0 after most recently defeating Rani Yahya at UFC 234 in February.
Avoids the BJJ
BantamweightUFC
February 9, 2019
Simon defeated Rani Yahya via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25) at UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
In order to win this fight, Simon needed to keep the fight standing. He certainly did that. In the fight, Yahya continued to try to take the fight to the ground, but he was never really able to do it. Simon came forward a lot and landed strikes, but he made sure to keep it standing. In the end, he deserved the decision by a wide margin. He improves to 3-0 in the UFC and 15-1 overall as a professional.
To face Rani Yahya in Australia
BantamweightUFC
January 8, 2019
Simon will meet Rani Yahya at UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia on Feb. 9, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Simon has won seven straight matches, including third-round victories over Merab Dvalishvili and Montel Jackson in his first two UFC fights. He'll have to work to avoid a submission against Yahya, who has won via that method in each of his last three bouts.
Needs new opponent in Denver
BantamweightUFC
October 16, 2018
Simon's scheduled bantamweight fight at UFC Denver on Nov. 10 was cancelled due to opponent Ricardo Ramos' injury, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The match was set to showcase two fighters who have yet to lose in the UFC, with Ramos winning three matches and Simon winning two. Simon could remain on the card if a replacement opponent is found, though a decision has not yet been announced.
Goes to his wrestling for decision victory at UFC 227
BantamweightUFC
August 4, 2018
Simon defeated Montel Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC 227 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
ANALYSIS
In theory, Jackson should have had the wrestling advantage in this fight. However, Simon was able to take over the bout with his takedowns in the final rounds. He scored multiple slams in the final round to walk away with the decision. Neither fighter was able to really get on track with his striking. However, Simon was the one who could go to his secondary techniques and take the fight.