Ricky Simon is set to face off against Mario Bautista. The fight is scheduled for January 13th at UFC Vegas 83 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the UFC Apex, per TeamIridium.
This bout is scheduled in the Bantamweight (135 lbs) division.
Ricky Simon holds a professional record of 20-4 (UFC 8-3) and is currently #12 in the Bantamweight division. Simon has secured notable victories over Jack Shore, Raphael Assunção, and Brian Kelleher.
Mario Bautista boasts a record of 13-2 (UFC 7-2). Bautista has notable wins over Da'Mon Blackshear, Guido Cannetti, and Jay Perrin. He is unranked in the Bantamweight division.
Official odds have yet to be released.
Ricky Simon faced a tough 5th-round TKO loss against Song Yadong in his first UFC main event. Throughout the bout, Simon was outstruck by a confident Yadong and couldn't find his timing with his striking or takedowns. Despite this, Simon is a confident grappler and will look to use those skills in this matchup.
Mario Bautista's last performance was a short-notice victory over Da'Mon Blackshear at UFC 291. The fight was competitive, but Bautista came away with the unanimous decision victory. Now, he faces Simon as his first ranked UFC opponent.
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