UFC Vegas 72 Picks - Song Yadong vs Rick Simon Prediction

Ricky Simon vs Song Yadong

UFC, Saturday April 29th at 7:00 PM

The Line -- Ricky Simon -115 / Song Yadong -105 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Song Yadong and Ricky Simon face off for the main event of UFC Vegas 72 in a bantamweight showdown at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. This fight was originally supposed to take place last weekend, but got pushed back to this event. 

Song Yadong vs Ricky Simon Odds

Ricky Simon is currently a slight favorite sitting at -115 while Song Yadong is the slight underdog sitting at -105. The total rounds sits at 4.5 rounds with the over paying out at +110. 

Song Yadong Betting Preview

Song Yadong sits with a 19-7-1 record overall and he has won three of his last four fights. In his last fight against Cory Sandhagen though and he really struggled in that fight. He was outstruck 94-54 and at the end of the fourth round he was finished by knockout. He is averaging 4.55 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.93 significant strikes per minute. He is averaging 0.63 takedowns every 15 minutes and he’s successful on 55 percent of his takedown attempts. He also stops 71 percent of his opponent's takedown attempts. 

Ricky Simon Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Ricky Simon who sits with a 20-3 record overall and he has won five matches in a row. Simon’s last fight came against Jack Shore in July of 2022 and it was midway through the second round that won with an arm triangle. Three of his last four fights have been by finish. Simon is averaging 3.04 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.95 significant strikes per minute. He wants to get the fight to the ground and he’s averaging 6.55 takedowns every 15 minutes and he’s is succesful on 52 percent of his takedown attempts. He also stops 75 percent of his opponents' takedown attempts. 

Shane’s Free Pick 

Simon has gotten better with his movement in the last few fights, and that is going to be a key going against Yadong. Simon is going to avoid the power, and his power is going to be too much for his opponent. Look for Simon to land the big shots on Yadong, and he’s going to finish this fight before the final bell. Back Simon by knockout.

Shane’s Pick Ricky Simon by Knockout

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