UFC Fight Night is set to get going this weekend from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m. ET. There is a 11-bout main card highlighted by a main event bantamweight fight between Yadong Song and Ricky Simon.
Song (19-7-1) is a technical bantamweight fighting out of China. Standing at 5’8” with a 67” reach, Song also has a striking accuracy of 44%. He is very good at trading exchanges and has an elusive background in muay thai. In his latest bout he was defeated by Cory Sandhagen by way of fourth-round TKO stoppage last September. Song was very much in the fight but suffered a nasty cut that forced a referee stoppage. He now looks to get back in the win column.
Simon (20-3) enters this matchup on a roll, winning his last five fights. Simon hails from Washington, stands at 5’6” with a 69” reach and a striking accuracy of 44%. He is very versatile and can finish opponents in a number of ways. In his latest bout he defeated Jack Shore by way of second-round submission last July. Simon has been a force in the bantamweight division and this is by far his biggest test. He’ll look to extend his win-streak to 6 this weekend.
How to watch Yadong Song vs. Ricky Simon
Date: Saturday, April 29
Fight time: Main card starts at 7 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN2
Live stream: ESPN+
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds/Predictions
Splits: 51% of handle, 53% of bets on Simon
This fight was scheduled for last week as the co-main for Pavlovich-Blaydes but moved to this spot. A battle of top-10 bantamweights, this one is sure to be entertaining. Prior to his loss to Sandhagen, Song had been on a three fight win-streak. This will be Simon’s first time fighting at five rounds and his streak of wins could come to an end. Lean toward Song here (+200 to win by KO), another good play is to take under 4.5 rounds (-110).