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Ricky Simon eyes ‘second shot at a legend’ vs. Frankie Edgar, believes Sean O’Malley wouldn’t fight

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  1. KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

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    Simon won his first three octagon appearances against Merab Dvalishvili, Montel Jackson and Rani Yahya before back-to-back losses to Urijah Faber and Rob Font put a halt to his momentum. The 28-year-old would cut his famed mullet and get back in the win column against Ray Borg this past May, which would be his only fight of the year.

    With a pair of victories under his belt to kick off 2021, Simon is hoping to get another opportunity against a ranked 135er, and he has two people in mind: a former world champion and a perennial top-10 bantamweight.



    “Obviously, there’s several fights that I want [in the top-15],” Simon said. “I’ve only lost to Urijah Faber and Rob Font—who is ranked No. 3 in the world—and that was a close fight. Sometimes I watch that fight and think I won, sometimes I watch that fight and I think he won, so I think that was a super close fight.

    “I’m beating everyone outside of the rankings right now that they’ve put up against me, and some of the guys I’ve beat are ranked right now. I think I deserve a ranked opponent, unless they want to keep paying me to beat up these guys that aren’t bringing the attention to the fight.

    “I really like the [Raphael] Assuncao fight, maybe beginning of the summer, that makes sense. I don’t know if this fight makes as much sense, but I know Frankie Edgar is going to take some time off and heal up. When he’s ready, early summer right around then, that would be a good one, too.



    “I’ve always looked up to Frankie. I’ve always watched him fight, and I even stole some of his setups, some of the stuff he does so. I mean, sh*t, give me another chance at a legend. I blew it the first time. Sh*t, give me a second shot at it.”

    One name that was brought up to Simon was fellow Contender Series alum Sean O’Malley, who is scheduled to return to action for the first time since his loss to Marlon Vera at UFC 252 in August. O’Malley will meet Thomas Almeida at UFC 260.

    Simon would absolutely, without hesitation fight O’Malley. He just doesn’t believe “Sugar” shares the same enthusiasm.



    Either way, should Almeida not be available come March 27, Simon said he’s just a call away.

    “You know O’Malley’s not taking that fight [with me],” he said. “I mean, I was surprised he took that ‘Chito’ fight. I’m not a big gambler, but I saw how much a favorite O’Malley was and put some money down on my boy, because I was thinking this was not going to be good for O’Malley.

    “I just think I’m the worst style for him – someone who is going to grind him out, wrestle, put him on his back, dropping crazy elbows on top of him. No. He doesn’t want that.

    “Ask my manager how long I’ve been asking for that fight. He keeps telling me, ‘Ricky, they’re not going to give it to you. You can try all you want but O’Malley’s not taking that fight.’ That’s just my opinion. He could prove me wrong, and I’m always ready. I’m staying in shape and if anything happens to Almeida, I’ll be ready.”



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  2. DarkneT Khamzat sucks Platinum Member

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    Frankies dead man, that ginger kid killed him
     
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    Simon is really good. Beating Kelleher, Merab, Borg, Yahya and Montel is no joke. Past purime Faber finishing him in under a minutr is aging really well. With that said Frankie should hang them up
     
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  4. Kyojiro Kagenuma Black Belt Platinum Member

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    That soulless Ginger bastard
     
  5. Raymundo Alvarado Guevara Blue Belt

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    Simon has a very good fights against prospects, but lost again old man
     
  6. Slatersan Black Belt

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    Man O’malleys downfall was swift and hard.
     
  7. VaselineSweep Blue Belt

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    Where were these guys when Frankie... Faber etc were not super out of their primes? Oh right, being journeymen-tier fighters; it's funny how they are calling them out now especially calling Frankie out when he's way out of his prime lmao.

    Also funny old ass Faber flat-lined snooze-fest Simon too recently.
     
  8. CasualBot Sherdog Spell Checker

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    Mull'et over
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  9. MMAProfessional Golden Belt

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    I was pretty impressed but him getting dusted by Faber kinda lost it for me. It could have been a once in a lifetime win for Faber but I haven't been all that impressed with him either. Kelleher is a decent win but still.
     
  10. TheCdnUkrKILLER White Belt

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    You think Ricky Simon is a "snooze fest" fighter? You should give up on the sport. Watch backyard brawls or something.

    Seriously.

     
  11. Megatronlee Red Belt

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    Let’s get sugar vs Frankie
     

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