Tape rankings @ Bantamweight
Who won Song vs Simon?
Yadong Song beat Ricky Simon by during the main event of UFC Fight Night – Song vs. Simon, on Saturday 29th April 2023 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Yadong Song.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
Song vs Simon stats
Yadong Song stepped into the octagon with a record of 19 wins, 7 loses and 1 draw, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Ricky Simon made his way to the cage with a record of 20 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 4 by submission.
The stats suggested Song had an advantage in power over Simon, with a 42% knock out percentage over Simon's 30%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Simon had a slight advantage over Song, with a 20% submission rate over Song's 16%.
Yadong Song was the younger man by 5 years, at 26 years old.
Song had a height advantage of 2 inches over Simon. Despite this, Simon had 3-inch reach advantage.
Song was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 4 more fights, and made his debut in , 9 years and 10 months earlier than Simon, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 12 more professional rounds, 70 to Simon's 58.
Song vs Simon form
Simon had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Jack Shore at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Rodriguez on 16th July 2022 by submission in the 2nd round at UBS Arena, Long Island, New York, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Raphael Assuncao at UFC Fight Night on 18th December 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round.
Going into that contest, he had beat Brian Kelleher at UFC 258 on 13th February 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Before that, he had won against Ray Borg at UFC Fight Night Jacksonville on 13th May 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville.
He had been beaten by Rob Font at UFC on ESPN 7 on 7th December 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Capital One Arena, Washington D.C..
Simon's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 29 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Song vs Simon?
Yadong Song was a 11/10 (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Ricky Simon made his way into the ring at 7/10 (-140) with oddsmakers.