Ricky Simón, 27, of Vancouver, Washington, United States was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 175,” also known as “UFC on ESPN+ 29.” It was his fourth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC Fight Night 175” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 13, 2020. In the seventh bout of the evening, Simón fought Ray “The Tazmexican Devil” Borg, 26, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA in the bantamweight division.
Keith Peterson served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the bantamweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges, who scored it 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.
In the end, Peterson raised the hand of Simón. The Vancouver native was declared the winner via split decision.
Winning at “UFC Fight Night 175” improved the professional MMA record of Simón to 16 wins and 3 losses. It was the third time he won a professional MMA bout via split decision.
On the other hand, Borg now has 13 wins and 5 losses. It was his fifth loss in the UFC.
The UFC held “UFC Fight Night 175” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while almost all other major MMA promotions have either cancelled or postponed their events. In the main event of the evening, Glover Teixeira, 40, of Sobrália, Minas Gerais, Brazil knocked out Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, 31, of Omaha, Nebraska, USA in the light heavyweight division.
Teixeira and Drew Dober, 31, of Denver, Colorado, USA were the two recipients of the Performance of the Night bonuses. Presented by Toyo Tires, the Fight of the Night was the featherweight bout between Brian “Boom” Kelleher, 33, of Selden, New York, USA and Hunter Azure, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Six countries were represented at “UFC Fight Night 175” namely Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the U.S. and Venezuela. Simón and Borg were two of the 13 fighters who represented the U.S.
Born in Vancouver on August 31, 1992, Simón has been competing professionally as an MMA fighter since 2014 and he made his UFC debut in 2018. The first three opponents he defeated in the promotion were Merab Dvalishvili, Montel Jackson and Rani Yahya.