UFC Long Island: Ricky Simon is the fighter to watch

Ricky Simon is the fighter to watch out for at UFC Long Island.

On Saturday, July 16, UFC Long Island is live in Long Island, New York at the UBS Arena. This is a stacked fight card with a massive main event in the featherweight division. In what may have massive title stakes, No. 2 ranked Brian Ortega takes No. 3 ranked Yair Rodriguez.

If that’s not enough to get your mouth watering, No. 10 ranked Michelle Waterson takes on No. 11 ranked Amanda Lemos. Also, an absolute barn-burner was placed on the card as No. 14 ranked Shane Burgos takes on the unranked but always exciting Charles Jourdain.

Other exciting fighters and prospects are scattered throughout this 12-fight card. With it being difficult to figure out what you need to watch, here is a fighter to watch out for at UFC Long Island.

Ricky Simon has already seen it all in the UFC. He looks to mold it all together in a fight against Jack Shore

Ricky Simon is a UFC bantamweight with an MMA record of 19-3 where he’s ended seven of his fights by TKO. Despite being just 29 years old, Simon already has quite the experience. Since making his UFC debut in 2018, he’s had fights against Uriah Faber, Merab Dvalishvili, and Rob Font. Including his win against Dvalishvili, Simon has defeated talented fighters like Raphael Assuncao, Ray Borg, and Rani Yahya.

When it comes to being a complete fighter, Simon is as good as it gets. He can wrestle and he can strike. But, his biggest weapon is his cardio. It doesn’t matter if you get up from his takedown, he’ll get you right back down. And if you try and back up away from him, he’ll be right back in your face. He averages 6.76 takedowns per 15 minutes and three significant strikes a minute. His 35 takedowns are the second-most in the bantamweight division.

Simon has a tough task ahead of him as he goes up against Jack Shore. The Wales native holds an undefeated MMA record of 16-0 where he’s ended 12 of his fights by the finish. The 27-year-old has been in the UFC since 2019 and he’s made quite the impression. His 59.9 percent significant strike accuracy is second best in the bantamweight division.

Simon is entering the prime of his career as he takes on Shore at UFC Long Island. Shore is a tough opponent for anyone in the division. It just seems like Simon has a thing for these kinds of fights.

Published at Mon, 11 Jul 2022 20:03:34 +0000

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