Ricky Simon makes use of energy punches, flawless takedown protection to earn a unanimous determination win over Rani Yahya
Ricky Simon defeats Rani Yahya by unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-25) at UFC 234 on Feb. 9, 2019, reside from Melbourne, Australia.
Simon entered the Octagon seeking to propel himself into the bantamweight top-15 rankings and he did simply that with a wonderfully executed gameplan towards a BJJ technician. Simon used a mixture of well-timed energy photographs and lightning-quick sprawls to counteract Yahya’s greatest assaults. The combat wasn’t significantly shut and Simon can now carry this expertise with him as he continues to climb the ladder.
Simon wasted no time placing the stress on Yahya and taking away any house he could have for a takedown early. His technique of staying within the pocket and firing energy punches labored early and sometimes. He was capable of drop him twice in the midst of the spherical however was sensible sufficient to know that following him to the bottom could be a mistake. Simon was greater than keen to face the combat again up after every knockdown and proceed to select Yahya aside.
Simon continued to whirl proper and left hooks on the opening of the second spherical. He had no drawback timing Yahya’s punches and touchdown clear counter photographs. Even when Yahya was capable of land a clear shot, Simon would shrug it off and proceed to press ahead. Sadly for Simon, that gameplan can solely final for thus lengthy and he was dazed by a looping proper hand on the 2-minute mark of the 2nd spherical. Yahya tried following up however Simon’s footwork proved superior. He was capable of keep away from extra injury and return to the stool.
Simon shook off the cobwebs within the third spherical and returned to his early kind. He prevented Yahya’s takedown makes an attempt and floored him with a number of extra punches. His reflexes and timing was the distinction for a lot of this spherical. It allowed him to stuff takedowns with good sprawls and transfer his head out of vary of the lunging energy punches. The spherical got here to an finish with Simon on prime of Yahya raining down punches.
UFC 234 happened on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, on the Rod Laver Enviornment in Melbourne, Australia. Observe together with FanSided MMA for all of your reside outcomes and highlights all through the evening.