Some top ten UFC bantamweights get a chance to strut their stuff in the main event this Saturday night.
Song Yadong and Ricky Simon headline this weekend’s Fight Night card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV.
Check out our UFC Fight Night: Song vs Simon odds and props.
UFC Fight Night Odds: Song vs. Simon
Sportsbooks see this Saturday’s main event as a pretty even matchup between the two 135-pounders.
Simon is the slight favorite at -115 odds, making Song the underdog at around -105.
UFC · Sat (3/25) @ 7:00 pm ET
|Ricky Simon||at||Song Yadong|
|UFC Apex, Las Vegas, NV|
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Song Looks to Bounce Back After Sandhagen Loss
Some might forget Song Yadong (19-7-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) is only 25 years old.
He has been fighting in the top promotion since 2017 and already has over 10 fights under his belt.
And he’s been competing with some of the best in the UFC’s most stacked division and holding his own, winning fights, and getting finishes.
Sure, his last bout was a loss against former interim title challenger Cory Sandhagen, who is arguably the most dangerous striker of the bantamweights right now. Song lost by doctor stoppage TKO due to a nasty cut over his eye back in September. But hey, a loss to Sandhagen does not close any doors at this point.
Now, the young fighter from China is looking to get back on track. In a division with so much depth, it will take a string of impressive wins to be considered in the title picture.
But he’s strung together winning streaks before. Before the Sandhagen loss, Song had three wins in a row with a first-round knockout over Marlon Moraes, a TKO over Julio Arce, and a decision over Casey Kenney.
He also has wins over Marlon Vera and Vince Morales.
He has proven he has power on the feet and will want to stay there against Simon, who is a great wrestler that has seen success with keeping guys on the ground and smothering them.
Simon Tries to Keep the Train Rollin’ Through Bantamweight Town
Ricky Simon (20-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has been on a roll since joining the promotion back in 2018.
In fact, his only two losses in the UFC come from Hall of Famer Uriah Faber and Rob Font.
Simon is coming off an impressive submission win against fellow prospect Jack Shore. The two fighters met last July in New York.
Other than Shore, Simon has a list of impressive wins on his resume. His victories include Ray Borg, Raphael Assuncao, Brian Kelleher, and Rani Yahya.
His UFC debut was a technical submission win against No. 1-contender Merab Dvalishvili.
Simon has reminded his fellow fighters and fans alike that he is always willing to wrestle with the best of them. His ground game is his strongest asset and he’s been able to wrestle his way to many decision victories throughout his career so far.
Simon’s key to victories include taking the fight to the mat as soon as possible and keeping Song smothered on the ground while looking for the submission. He will not want to stand and bang with the 25-year-old, who has proven multiple times he has the power to put the lights out.
Regardless of the outcome, this fight should be a treat for the dedicated fans. These days, bantamweight MMA rules supreme in most promotions including the UFC.
UFC Fight Night Props
Method of Victory
- Song by KO/TKO: +180
- Song by submission: +1000
- Song by decision: +500
- Simon by KO/TKO: +600
- Simon by submission: +450
- Simon by decision: +215
- 4.5 (Over +110, Under -140 at DraftKings)
Alternate Total Rounds (DraftKings)
- Over 0.5 (-2000), Under 0.5 (+800)
- Over 1.5 (-350), Under 1.5 (+240)
- Over 2.5 (-190), Under 2.5 (+140)
- Over 3.5 (-125), Under 3.5 (-105)
Will Fight Go The Distance? (DraftKings)
- Yes: +120
- No: -165
How Fight Will End
- -Submission: +330
- KO/TKO: +125
- Decision: +120
UFC Vegas 72 Main Card Odds
Bantamweight Bout: Song Yadong (-105) vs. Ricky Simon (-115)
Middleweight Bout: Caio Borralho (-360) vs. Michael Oleksiekczuk (+295)
Middleweight Bout: Rodolfo Vieira (-240) vs. Cody Brundage (+200)
Featherweight Bout: Julian Erosa (-145) vs. Fernando Padilla (+125)
Heavyweight Bout: Marcos Rogerio De Lima (-180) vs. Waldo Cortes-Acosta (+155)
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UFC Vegas 72 Event Info
Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, NV
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Start Time: Main Card at 7 p.m. ET
Where to Watch: ESPN+