LAS VEGAS – Ricky Simon finished 2021 with a 3-0 record for the year when he knocked out perennial contender Raphael Assuncao in perhaps the biggest victory of his career to date.
Immediately after his performance at UFC Fight Night 199, Simon (19-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) dropped Sean O’Malley (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) as the next potential foe in his cage interview. . – pending the approval of his boss Dana White.
However, Simon made it clear in a press conference after the fight that he was not trying to pressure anyone to fight. Despite his history with O’Malley, Simon acknowledges that “The Suga Show” might have its own plans for his career.
“I’m not trying, like I said, to intimidate him in the fight,” Simon told reporters, including MMA Junkie. “I know he has a plan and a vision for everything he does, you know?” All I’m trying to do is climb the rankings and become the UFC bantamweight world champion.
O’Malley is a hot commodity right now for the UFC. One of the most popular fighters on the list, O’Malley brings a lot of looks to every fight he takes part in. Maybe Simon could capitalize on an opportunity like this, but it’s not the only option available. There is another name that Simon would like to have a second chance on.
“If it’s not him, (I want to) pack some punch,” Simon said. “Someone in the top 10 will be great. I also had a very close fight with Rob Font, so maybe a rematch in the future. I feel like the bantamweight division is so stacked up. There are so many options. “
Font (19-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC) defeated Simon by unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN 7 in December 2019. Since then, Simon is 4-0 while Font is 3-1. . With no fight in the books, Font lost to former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC in the ESPN 31 main event on December 4.