Welcome to the UFC: Ricky Simon
The UFC is coming to Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 21, 2018 for UFC Fight Night 128 (UFC Atlantic City). As there was a battle in the bantamweight division where Merab Dvalishvili was set against Augusto Mendes, Mendes has since been flagged for potential USADA violation. The show must go on so per @TopTurtleMMA the UFC signed Ricky Simon (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) who will step in on short-notice against Dvalishvili.
25 years old
Trains out of Rose City FC
1 Submission (arm-triangle)
How will Ricky Simon fare in the UFC:
Simon did well when he competed on the popular Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, beating a solid fighter in Donavon Frelow via decision. Unfortunately he wasn’t awarded a contract. Simon did the next best thing and beat a UFC veteran in Chico Camus, winning the LFA bantamweight championship and then defending the title recently. Simon is very good on the feet, he throws a lot of combinations and really loves to attack the body. In combinations, he throws from all angles and has a lot of power in his hands. Simon also has beautiful chopping leg kicks, adding to his abilities on the feet. Simon is just as good a wrestler as he is a striker. His level changes are well timed and his takedowns are well-executed. Simon has always been a good fighter but the progress he has made has just been outstanding. Simon has a high ceiling and is an excellent signing from the UFC.
How does Ricky Simon match up with Merab Dvalishvili:
Dvalishvili is a well-rounded fighter who is a good test for Simon. Dvalishvili is coming off a loss to Frankie Saenz in December of last year by split-decision where many thought Dvalishvili won. Dvalishvili is an aggressive fighter that throws combinations but is a better wrestler. This is a good match-up even though Simon appears more polished everywhere. Both are solid wrestlers that would cancel each other out but the big difference is Dvalishvili slows as the fight goes and Simon can go five rounds easy. Simon takes this. Confidence: 80%.