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RICKY SIMON

AGE

26

RECORD

15-1-0

REACH

69"

HEIGHT

5'6"

WEIGHT

135LB

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

GRACIE BARRA PORTLAND

HOMETOWN

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON, US

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT FEBRUARY 2019 UFC 234 – VS RANI YAHYA

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Simon comes out aggressive and immediately takes the center. Yahya is moving on the outside. Both fighters are feeling each other. Yahya goes high with the kick and lands. Simon is putting strong pressure on Yahya. Hard leg kick lands for Simon! Nice step in left hook lands for Simon. He is throwing power punches early. Simon closes the distance and connects with an uppercut. Yahya counters with the lighting one two and lands! Yahya is willing to trade punches. 1st min in, nice leg kick lands for Yahya. Simon closes the distance with the right hand and eats a one-two combination. Yahya lands a couple of stiff jabs. Simon lands a left hook. Yahya explodes with the straight punches and lands a big right hand! Simon counters with a huge right hand! Yahya goes down!!! Simon follows him with more punches! Simon backs off. They are back in the center. Another huge left hook drops Yahya!!! Simon doesn’t want to follow the submission specialist to the mat. Halfway in, flying knee just misses for Simon. Yahya is in the survival mode. Simon smells the blood. Hard step in left hook to the body lands for Simon! Yahya is still looking hurt. He dives for a takedown. Simon defends the takedown. Simon is walking Yahya down. Big left uppercut to the body lands for Simon! He is looking sharp and aggressive. Yahya fires back with the right hand and lands. 1 min to go, Simon is picking his shots well. Yahya dives for another takedown but he is out of the range. Yahya fires a right hand, Simon times the punch and level changes. Simon scores a takedown but doesn’t follow Yahya to the mat. Yahya is back to his feet. Simon explodes and lands a high kick! He is dominating the fight. 10-9 Simon

Rd 2 – Simon immediately takes the center. Yahya opens the round with a leg kick. Simon returns the kick. Both fighters exchange punches. Yahya fires a kick to the body. Simon counters with a right hook and lands. Yahya is in the southpaw stance. Simon is looking sharp; he sees everything that is coming at him. Simon defends another takedown. He is looking to explodes. Big right hand lands for Simon! Yahya absorbs the shot. Big kick to the body lands for Yahya! He dives for a single leg but fails to score a takedown. Simon is much more cautious in this round. Halfway in, Nice right hand lands for Yahya. Yahya pushes with the overhand right. Simon level changes and scores a takedown. Yahya is back on his feet. Simon pushes with the right hand. Yahya lands a perfectly timed uppercut! Simon is hurt! He is moving backwards. Yahya is patient. He is walking Simon down. Another right hand lands for Yahya! Simon tries to respond but eats another left hook! Yahya is on fire! He moves forward once again but Simon catches Yahya with his shoulder! Yahya goes down! Yahya is on the mat. Simon is standing and looking for a way in. Yahya stands and explodes with a head kick, just misses. 1 min to go, Nice step in hook to the body lands for Simon. Yahya pushes with the right hand. Simon ducks under and scores another takedown. Simon takes the guard position. 10-9 Simon

Rd 3 – Simon takes the center. Yahya goes high with the kick. Simon catches the kick and scores a takedown. Simon jumps into the guard position. Yahya immediately shoots for the armbar. Simon escapes the danger and stands up. Both fighters are on their feet. Yahya misses with the one-two combination. Simon is patient and waiting for the openings. 1st min in, Yahya connects with a right hand over the top! Both fighters are swinging with the power shots! Yahya connects with a nice right hand. Simon continues with the pressure. Yahya dives for another takedown attempt. Simon defends the takedown and shows his incredible takedown defense. Both fighters are back in their feet. Simon has a cut below his left eye. Halfway in, Both fighters exchange straight punches. Yahya shoots for a takedown. Simon sees it coming and defends. Simon is looking to land a knockout punch. Simon is landing nice body-head punches. Simon lands a jab. He is more active in this round. Yahya is missing with a lot of punches. Simon is setting up his entry with a jab in this round. Yahya moves forward with the left hand. Simon level changes and scores another takedown. 1 min to go, Simon jumps into the guard position. Interesting decision. Yahya is controlling the posture from the bottom. Fighters are passive on the mat. Simon explodes with the hammer fists in the last 10 seconds of the fight! 10-9 Simon

WATCH FIGHT

AUGUST 2018 UFC 227 – VS MONTEL JACKSON

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD DECISION (UNANIMOUS)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Simon is in the orthodox stance. Jackson is in the southpaw stance. Jackson takes the center. Simon opens the fight with a leg kick. Jackson starts putting pressure on Simon. Simon fires a body kick, Jackson catches the leg and continues with the pressure. Simon shoots for a takedown. Simon trips Jackson down to the mat. However, Jackson is back on his feet. Simon continues with the clinch. 1st min in, Simon is working for a takedown. Jackson is doing a good job defending. Stiff jab lands for Jackson. Simon pushes for another takedown. Jackson defends the takedown. Fighters are in the clinch. Jackson lands a couple of knees to the body. Simon separates. Simon lands a leg kick. Halfway in, Simon is telegraphing his takedown attempts. Simon is throwing a lot of punches but misses with the all of them. Jackson is waiting for a counter. Jackson pushes with the one-two combination. Simon level changes and takes the double leg. Simon scores a takedown. Jackson is back on his feet. Simon initiates the clinch and takes the single leg. Simon scores a takedown. Jackson is back on his feet once again. Simon has a hard time controlling Jackson on the ground. 1 min to go, both fighters exchange punches. Nice left hand over the top lands for Simon. Jackson is putting pressure on Simon. Nice left hook to the body lands for Simon. Jackson has a hard time landing anything in this round. Simon pushes forward with the punches. Nice counter left hook lands for Jackson. 10-9 Simon

Rd 2 – Both fighters are throwing a lot of faints. Simon is working with the hard kicks to the leg! Simon is showing great head movement. Jackson has a hard time closing the distance. 1st min in, Jackson is looking for the openings. Simon shoots for a single leg. Simon takes Jackson down to the mat. Jackson scrambles and finishes on top! Simon is back on his feet. Jackson continues with the clinch and takes Simon down to the mat. Simon is back on his feet. Simon separates from the clinch. Jackson pushes with the punches. Simon ducks under and initiates the clinch. Simon is showing great wrestling skills. Simon is looking for a single leg. Jackson defends the takedown and separates. Halfway in, Nice inside leg kick lands for Simon. Simon is more active with the punches and kicks. Simon is doing a good job closing the distance. Nice straight left hand lands for Jackson. Jackson misses with the left hand. Simon is looking confident on the feet. 1 min to go, nice left hand over the top lands for Simon! Simon pushes forward and initiates the clinch. Simon trips Jackson down to the mat. Simon takes the back of Jackson! Jackson is in a bad position! 10-9 Simon

Rd 3 – Jackson opens the round with a left hand. Simon is working with the kicks. Hard kick to the body lands for Jackson! Jackson connects with a one-two combination. Simon level changes and takes the double leg. Simon scores a takedown. Jackson scrambles and finishes on top! Simon is back on his feet. 1st min in, Simon continues with the clinch. Simon separates from the clinch. Simon is looking more aggressive. Jackson lands a knee to the body and a right hand over the top! Jackson explodes with the punches! Simon level changes and takes Jackson down to the mat! Simon is in the mount position! Jackson rolls and gives his back to Simon! Jackson is in trouble! Halfway in, Simon is looking for the submissions. Jackson scrambles and manages to get back to his feet. Simon clinches. Simon takes the double leg and picks Jackson up in the air. Simon slams Jackson down to the mat! Simon is trying to take the back of Jackson. Jackson is back on his feet. 1 min to go, Simon takes the double leg and takes Jackson down once again! Simon is showing great wrestling skills in this fight. Jackson is back on his feet but has a hard separating from the clinch. Jackson is landing knees as the round ends. 10-9 Simon

WATCH FIGHT

APRIL 2018 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 128 – VS MERAB DVALISHVILI

RESULT – WON VIA 3rd RD TECHNICAL SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Simon takes the center and starts putting pressure on Dvalishvili. Dvalishivili explodes with the kicks! Dvalishvili lands a hard kick to the body! Hard inside leg kick lands for Dvalisvhili! Dalishvili explodes with the punches to the body! Dvalishvili is very aggressive early in the fight. Dvalishvili misses with the spinning kick to the head. Simon clinches. Dvalishvili separates. Dvalishvili is moving on the outside. Dvalishvili pushes forward. Simon initiates the clinch. Dvalishvili trips Simon down to the mat. Simon is trying to stand up. Dvalishvili has a body lock. Fighters are in the clinch. Simon reverses the position! Dalishvili stand back on his feet. Simon lands a hard right hand! Big one two combination lands for Dvalishvili! Simon absorbs the shots well. Dvalishvili is dominating the fight. Halfway in, both fighters are swinging and missing. Simon pushes forward and lands a nice right hand. Dvalishvili connects with a big right hand! Simon goes down! Simon is back on his feet. Dvalishvili pushes forward for a finish! Dvalishvili is unloading on Simon! Simon is moving away! Dvalishvili takes the single leg and scores a takedown! Simon is back on his feet. 1 min to go, Dvalishvili has a body lock. Dvalishvili is working for another takedown. Simon separates from the clinch. Simon is pressuring forward. Simon misses with the flying knee. Hard body shot lands for Simon! Simon is looking confident as the round ends. 10-9 Dvalishvili
Rd 2 – Simon opens the round with a leg kick. Nice right hand over the top lands for Simon. Simon pushes forward and connects with a left hand.  Simon is looking sharp. Spinning back fist lands for Simon. 1st min in, Simon is swinging and missing. Dvalishvili has a hard time landing anything so far in this round. Simon pushes with a kick. Dvalishvili catches the leg and takes Simon down to the mat. Simon scrambles and he is back on his feet. Dvalishvili is missing with the combinations. Nice left hand lands for Dvalishvili. Simon level changes and takes the double leg. Simon scores a takedown. Simon is landing hard elbows from the top! Halfway in, Dvalishvili is back on his feet. Stiff right hand lands for Dvalishvili. Simon is moving on the outside. Simon pushes with the knee. Dvalishvili ducks under and takes the double leg. Dvalishvili scores a takedown. However, Simon is back on his feet. Dvalshvili has a body lock. Both fighters are scrambling. Fighters are in the clinch. 1 min to go. Simon separates the hands of Dvalishvili. Simon is pushing with the punches. Big counter right hand lands for Dvalishvili! Dvalishvili is missing with the punches. Nice step in left hand lands for Simon. Dvalishvili level changes and scores takedown. Simon is back on his feet. 10-9 Simon
Rd 3 – Both fighters are patient. Dvalishivli lands a kick to the body. Nice right hand over the top lands for Simon. Dvalishivili lands a kick to the groins. The referee stops the fight. Simon recovers. The fight continues in the center. Dvashvili is working with the kicks and punches. Dvalishvili shoots for a single leg. Dvalishvili scores a takedown. 1st min in, Simon is back on his feet. Dvalishvili is controlling Simon with a body lock. Simon reverses the position and takes the body lock. Dvashvili separates. Simon connects with a nice body shot. Both fighters are exchanging punches. Big right hand lands for Dvalishvili! Dvalishvili is working with the kicks. Simon level changes and takes a single leg. Simon scores a takedown! Simon is in the half guard position. Halfway in, Simon is looking to pass the guard. Dvalishvili scrambles and he is back on his feet. Dvalishvili is working with the punches. Dvalishivili is putting hard pressure on Simon. Both fighters are swinging wildly. Dvalishvili is looking confident. 1 min to go, Dvalishvili scores another takedown. Simon immediately sets up the guillotine choke!!! It looks tight!!! Dvalishvili is trying to defend!!! Round ends but Dvalishvili is looking unconscious!!!

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

16 MATCHES 15 WINS 1 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 5 0
SUBMISSION 2 1
DECISION 7 0
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Simon is a talented wrestling based fighter with strong standup skills.
  • Simon is a fast finisher. As of the Jackson fight, he had 6 first round finishes.
  • Simon is always moving forward and putting pressure on his opponents.
  • Against Jackson, he has shown great standup skills. He was mixing his attacks well with the kicks and punches.
  • Simon is very explosive. He was closing the distance against Jackson very quickly.
  • Simon had made his UFC debut against Dvalishvili.
  • Simon has shown great submission offense against Dvalishivili.
  • Against Dvalishivili, Simon has shown great conditioning, He was still pressing forward in the third round.
  • Simon was looking very good against Dvalishivli. He has clearly shown that he is a huge potential.
  • Simon has a good wrestling offense. However, he was telegraphing his takedown attempts against Jackson
  • Against Yahya, Simon has shown great takedown defense. He was easily defending the takedown
  • Also, his wrestling offense was perfect against Yahya.
  • His standup defense was not on point against Yahya. He was eating a lot of clean punches and even got hurt once.