Urijah Faber vs Ricky Simon: Predictions, Betting Tips, Odds & Statistics

Fight Night Urijah Faber vs Ricky Simon
Urijah Faber vs Ricky Simon, Golden 1 Center, Bantamweight - Co-main Event, Fight Night 155

The fight is over.
Urijah Faber win.

The UFC pitches up in Sacramento this weekend, as Hall of Famer Urijah ‘The California Kid’ Faber comes out of retirement to take on Ricky Simon at UFC Fight Night 155.

Tale of the tape

UFC Urijah Faber

UFC Ricky Simon

Urijah Faber
34-10-0

Ricky Simon
15-1-0

40 Age 26
5’5” Height 5’5”
135 lbs. Weight 135 lbs.
69 in. Reach 69 in.

Predictions and Betting Tips

The California Kid just couldn’t resist it. Urijah Faber dusts off his gloves and slims down to 135 pounds to grace this Sacramento card in front of what’s sure to be an adoring crowd at the Golden 1 Center. Emerging talent Ricky Simon is the man who’s looking to silence those fans, as he aims to chalk up the biggest win of his career.

This is only Simon’s fourth fight in the UFC, but the Washington native brings an eight-fight winning streak into the contest. Having only tasted defeat once in 16 MMA bouts, this is going to be a very tough night’s work for the 40-year-old Faber. With no prospect of mounting a title challenge and not short of dollars in the bank, the veteran is doing this all for love.

The lack of pressure on his experienced shoulders could make him dangerous, as could his fearsome reputation in his prime. Strong, scrappy and with a never-say-die attitude, Faber was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2017. However, the California Kid isn’t that same fighter, and hasn’t fought inside the Octagon in almost three years.

His power isn’t what it used to be, and that won’t be helped one bit by the further passing of time. In truth, this is a massive gamble for Faber, who risks tainting his legacy if he gets beaten up by a much younger, hungrier man, who’s looking to take a big name and make an equally big statement.

Ranked as the #15 contender in the bantamweight division, Simon is one of many who are eyeing up two-weight kingpin Henry Cejudo, and anything but a convincing win against a man past his prime wouldn’t be good for the 26-year-old’s reputation – even if this homecoming gig is sure to pull the heartstrings and potentially coax a performance out of Faber.

Like his opponent in his heyday, Simon is a strong wrestler, but is likely to want to keep this fight on the feet to test Faber’s engine. The California Kid’s success in his prime was down to his endurance and athleticism, but he was already in decline before retiring, and that could be his downfall here.

With that in mind, we could see Faber go all-out for something big early on in this fight. The longer it goes on, the more it favours Simon. He may be defensively vulnerable at times, but he has good combinations and starts as the solid 1/2 favourite with some of the top betting sites. Faber meanwhile is 7/5 to crown what’s been an illustrious career with one more epic win.

Odds

Urijah Faber
Ricky Simon
betway

Statistics

  • Ricky Simon has won each of his last eight fights, lasting tasting defeat three and a half years ago
  • Urijah Faber hasn’t fought since December 2016, beating Brad Pickett via unanimous decision
  • While Simon has only ever lost once, Faber has tasted defeat in three of his last five fights
  • The middle of those defeats was for the bantamweight title against Dominick Cruz at UFC 199
  • Faber edges the striking accuracy coming into this fight, 41% to Simon’s 39%
  • Simon holds a clear advantage in grappling though, with a 41% accuracy to Faber’s 31%
  • Both men average just over 2.5 significant strikes per minute, although Simon absorbs 4.13 to Faber’s 2.51

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