|Born||August 31, 1992|
Pendleton, Oregon, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||136 lb (62 kg; 9 st 10 lb)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Vancouver, Washington, U.S.|
|Team||Gracie Barra Portland |
American Top Team Portland
Team Oyama (2020–present)
|Trainer||Ian Loveland and Fabiano Scherner|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Fabiano Scherner|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Ricky Simón (born August 31, 1992) is an American professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2012, he was a former Legacy Fighting Alliance Bantamweight Champion. As of May 16, 2023, he is #12 in the UFC bantamweight rankings.
Simón was born in Pendleton, Oregon. Coming from a tight-knit family of Mexican immigrants, his three brothers, Carlos Simón, Brandon Simón, Avi Simón and Ricky have the same tattoo "Simón" inked across their upper back. Simón also grew up with his close second cousin and fellow UFC athlete Vince Morales. Simón started training in wrestling at nine years old. He graduated class of 2010 from Union High School in Camas, WA, where he also wrestled and placed seventh in the state in his sophomore year. After his post-graduation plans to be a collegiate wrestler for Clark College did not materialize, he transitioned to mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Simón amassed an amateur record of 3–0 before turning professional in 2014. After compiling a professional record of 12–1, fighting for Main Event Sports, King of the Cage (KOTC), Titan Fighting Championship and he was the formal Legacy Fighting Alliance Bantamweight Champion prior joining the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In his UFC debut, Simón faced Merab Dvalishvili on April 21, 2018, at UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the final round, Simón mounted Dvalshvili with a guillotine choke, while Dvalishvili kicked his way to the end of the bell. Referee, Liam Kerriga, awarded the win to Simón citing Dvalshivili was thought to have been passed out by the ref who eventually stopped the fight. Dvalishvilli's manager Matthew Culley filed a request to the commission to review the referee decision and the appeal was denied. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.
Simón was scheduled to face Benito Lopez at UFC 227 on August 4, 2018. However, it was reported that Lopez pulled out from the bout for undisclosed reason and was replaced by Montel Jackson. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Simón was expected to face Ricardo Ramos on November 10, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 139. However, it was reported on October 16, 2018, that Ramos was pulled from the bout due to a hand injury and in turn, Simón was removed from the card as well.
Simón was scheduled to face Brian Kelleher in a featherweight bout on September 5, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 176. However, Simón's cornerman tested positive for COVID-19 and he was forced to withdraw from the event. The pair was rescheduled on January 16, 2021, at UFC on ABC 1. In turn, Kelleher also tested positive on January 1 and was pulled from the bout. He was replaced by newcomer Gaetano Pirrello and the bout took place four days later at UFC on ESPN: Chiesa vs. Magny. He won the bout via second round arm triangle submission.
Simón was scheduled to face Timur Valiev on September 25, 2021, at UFC 266. However, the bout was never officially announced by the promotion and Valiev was instead scheduled to face Daniel Santos at UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs. Tate.
As the first bout of his new four-fight contract, Simón faced Raphael Assunção on December 18, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus. Simón won the fight via knockout in the second round.
Simón faced Jack Shore on July 16, 2022 at UFC on ABC 3. He won the fight via arm-triangle submission in the second round. This win earned Simón his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Simón was scheduled to face Song Yadong on April 22, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 222. However, the bout was instead delayed a week to UFC on ESPN: Song vs. Simón. He lost the fight via technical knockout in the fifth round.
Simón has a daughter, born in November 2022.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Legacy Fighting Alliance
Mixed martial arts record
|24 matches||20 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||20–4||Song Yadong||TKO (punches)||UFC on ESPN: Song vs. Simón||April 29, 2023||5||1:10||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||20–3||Jack Shore||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC on ABC: Ortega vs. Rodríguez||July 16, 2022||2||3:28||Elmont, New York, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||19–3||Raphael Assunção||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus||December 18, 2021||2||2:14||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–3||Brian Kelleher||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 258||February 13, 2021||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||17–3||Gaetano Pirrello||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC on ESPN: Chiesa vs. Magny||January 20, 2021||2||4:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||16–3||Ray Borg||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Teixeira||May 13, 2020||3||5:00||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Loss||15–3||Rob Font||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik||December 7, 2019||3||5:00||Washington, D.C., United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||15–2||Urijah Faber||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd||July 13, 2019||1||0:46||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||15–1||Rani Yahya||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 234||February 10, 2019||3||5:00||Melbourne, Australia|
|Win||14–1||Montel Jackson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 227||August 4, 2018||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||13–1||Merab Dvalishvili||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee||April 21, 2018||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||12–1||Vinicius Zani||KO (punches)||LFA 36||March 23, 2018||1||0:59||Cabazon, California, United States||Defended the LFA Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||11–1||Chico Camus||Decision (unanimous)||LFA 29||December 15, 2017||5||5:00||Prior Lake, Minnesota, United States||Won the vacant LFA Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||10–1||Donavon Frelow||Decision (split)||Dana White's Contender Series 5||August 8, 2017||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Return to Bantamweight.|
|Win||9–1||Charon Spain||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||KOTC: Headstrong||May 27, 2017||1||1:59||Lincoln City, Oregon, United States|
|Win||8–1||Eduardo Torres||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Heavy Trauma||February 4, 2017||3||5:00||Lincoln City, Oregon, United States||Return to Featherweight.|
|Loss||7–1||Anderson dos Santos||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Titan FC 37||March 4, 2016||2||2:38||Ridgefield, Washington, United States||For the vacant Titan FC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Alex Soto||Decision (unanimous)||Titan FC 35||September 19, 2015||3||5:00||Ridgefield, Washington, United States|
|Win||6–0||Jeremiah Labiano||Decision (split)||TPF 24||August 6, 2015||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||5–0||Paul Njoku||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC; Warrior's Spirit||March 21, 2015||3||5:00||Lincoln City, Oregon, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
|Win||4–0||Cole Milani||TKO (punches)||FCFF: Rumble at the Roseland 80||November 19, 2014||1||0:55||Portland, Oregon, United States||Lightweight bout.|
|Win||3–0||John Martinez||TKO (punches)||Main Event MMA 3||August 16, 2014||1||3:41||Longview, Washington, United States||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||2–0||Kendall Ward||TKO (punches)||Main Event MMA 2||April 19, 2014||1||0:49||Vancouver, Washington, United States|
|Win||1–0||Alex Eastman||TKO (punches)||Main Event MMA 1||January 18, 2014||1||1:34||Vancouver, Washington, United States|
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