ELMONT, NY — After upsetting Jack Shore to hand him his first loss, Ricky Simon said the accolade really didn’t mean much to him.
Simon (20-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) forced Shore (16-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) to tap out a second-round arm triangle choke in a key UFC bantamweight bout on ABC 3 in Elmont, NY, Saturday. Shore, a former Cage Warriors champion who started his UFC tenure at 5-0, was close to a 2-1 betting favorite in the bout. But Simon was arguably his toughest opponent to date.
What’s more important to him than being the first to beat Shore is ensuring his own winning streak continues, Simon said. He ran it five in a row against much-loved names like Raphael Assuncao, Brian Kelleher, Ray Borg and now Shore.
“I could care about giving him his first loss,” Simon told MMA Junkie at his post-fight press conference in Elmont, NY. “I know I’m going to win. I don’t care if it’s his third. loss, fourth loss, fifth loss. I just knew I was going to be the winner of this one. We managed to break it down and I felt like I was better all over.
Now Simon is interested in a fight against Sean O’Malley (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC), who two weeks ago a fight against Pedro Munhoz ended in the first round when Munhoz didn’t could continue due to an accidental eye. thrust.
But he also doesn’t seem to be overly confident that O’Malley would sign up for a fight with him.
“I really don’t care if he does or not,” Simon said. “I want to fight someone in the top 10. I think that’s what I deserve at this point. This was my 10th UFC fight, my eighth UFC win, and I’m definitely ready for this bump in competition. I need a bigger name – someone higher ranked next time.
“I’ve mostly been consistent with wins, but it’s been consistent with finishes. That’s what the UFC wants, that’s what the fans want, and that’s what I’m producing now. I think I deserve this bump.
Simon has finished in three of his last four fights. His Shore submission was worth an additional $50,000 as one of six Performance of the Night post-fight bonus prizes.
Check out Simon’s full post-fight interview in the video above.