Ricky Simon is slightly favored against Song Yadong at UFC Fight Night: Song vs. Simon on Saturday, April 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is one of 13 fights on ESPN2 and ESPN+. Yadong is 19-7-1 in his career, including 8-2-1 in the UFC, while Simon is 20-3 in his career, including 8-2 in the UFC. There are a total of 13 fights, all on ESPN2 and ESPN+ at UFC Fight Night: Song vs. Simon. Let’s look at the bout between Song and Simon and UFC predictions.
UFC Fight Night: Song vs. Simon takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, April 29 with 13 fights, all on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
UFC Fight Night: Song vs. Simon Betting
Song Yadong (19-7-1, 8-2-1 UFC)
Song came into the UFC with a record of 11-5 and he has eight wins, two losses, and one draw in the UFC. In his last six fights, he has four wins and two losses. He defeated Marlon Vera by unanimous decision, Casey Kenney by split decision, Julio Arce by TKO, and Marlon Moraes by KO; while losing to Kyler Phillips by unanimous decision and Cory Sandhagen by TKO. Song has been a pro since 2013 and he has eight wins by TKO/KO and three by submission. He has seven first round finishes.
Song said this to ufc.com about his upcoming fight against Simon, “I’ve definitely been watching his fights. He fought with Urijah and (since) that fight; he’s been improving a lot. His striking is getting better and I think he’s stronger. He’s powerful and a very dangerous guy. Fighting him is not easy. He’s a wrestler — he likes to take people down — but his ground control is not that good. If he takes me down, I can get up, for sure. So I think (I just have to) give him some heavy punches, defend the takedown, or take him down. It’s just the details; I have tools to use against him.”
Song went on to say that he needs to prove he can beat a good wrestler. “I haven’t fought a lot of wrestlers, so I need to prove to people how good my wrestling and jiu jitsu are,” he said to the UFC, "This guy is good, and now we have more wrestlers, more strong guys in this division, in the Top 15, like Umar (Nurmagomedov), Merab (Dvalishvili), (Aljamain) Sterling.”
Ricky Simon (20-3, 8-2 UFC)
Simon came into the UFC with a record of 12-1 and he has eight wins and two losses in the UFC. In his last six fights, he has five wins and one loss. He defeated Ray Borg by split decision, Gaetano Pirrello by arm-triangle choke submission, Brian Kelleher by unanimous decision, Raphael Assunção by KO, and Jack Shore by arm-triangle choke submission; while losing to Rob Font by unanimous decision in December of 2019. Simon has been a pro since 2014 and he has six wins by TKO/KO and four by submission. He has six first round finishes.
Strikes landed per minute: Song 4.55 /Simon 3.04
Striking Accuracy: Song 41% /Simon 44%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Song 3.93/Simon 2.95
Defense: Song 59% /Simon 64%
Takedown average: Song 0.63 /Simon 6.55
Takedown Accuracy: Song 55% /Simon 52%
Takedowns defended: Song 71% /Simon 75%
Submission average: Song 0.2 /Simon 0.5
The bantamweight division is loaded with talent, including Song Yadong and Ricky Simon. Song is coming off a loss to Cory Sandhagen last time out, while Simon has won five straight bouts and finished three of his last four opponents. This fight looks like a toss-up and oddsmakers agree, as Simon is listed as just a slight favorite. I think the best option is to bet the rounds. Neither Song nor Simon is known as a finisher and this fight has all the looks of one that will go to a decision, so I will take the rounds to go over the total.
|DATE ||FIGHTERS ||MONEY LINE |
|4/29 ||Ricky Simon ||-120 |
|Yadong Song ||-110 |
|4/29 ||Michal Oleksiejczuk ||+261 |
|Caio Borralho ||-350 |
|4/29 ||Cody Brundage ||+179 |
|Rodolfo Vieira ||-230 |
|4/29 ||Marcos Rogerio de Lima ||-174 |
|Waldo Cortes Acosta ||+138 |
|4/29 ||Jake Collier ||-120 |
|Martin Buday ||-110 |
|4/29 ||Fernando Padilla ||+124 |
|Julian Erosa ||-155 |
|4/29 ||Cody Durden ||+120 |
|Charles Johnson ||-150 |
|4/29 ||Irina Alekseeva ||+228 |
|Stephanie Egger ||-300 |
|4/29 ||Journey Newson ||+110 |
|Brian Kelleher ||-140 |
|4/29 ||Hailey Cowan ||+105 |
|Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels ||-135 |
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