Ricky Simon: A Fight to Not be the Forgotten Man
By James Lee
Sport is an unforgiving thing. One minute you can be the name on the lips of the masses and next thing you are not.
Ricky Simon is in that position currently. A career hanging in the balance at this moment, but his next outing could resurrect it.
This whole situation stems from his last contest with Urijah Faber. Simon was on an eight fight win streak heading into the fight and was deemed the man suitable to free the UFC Hall of Fighter fighter from his retirement.
Most expected Simon to put the 40-year-old back into retirement, but he faltered. Falling short in the first round to a knockout punch by the former WEC champion. An unexpected one considering the long lay-off and the heavy odds in favour of the Washington native.
As Faber moves on to title contendership fights, Simon is still pondering as to where he should and would be if he would have won.
Redemption is his only option however and a second chance begins this Saturday at UFC Washington D.C.
He has been given no easy opponent in Rob Font, but one that is a significant opportunity that fans won’t forget if he can get past it.
Sport and MMA in particular is a what have you done for me lately outlet and right now, Simon is under the radar and must re-ignite fan intrigue.
Rob Font presents the perfect fight to do that against. A rising fighter himself who has fought some of the division’s best and will look to build off the back of a win over Sergio Pettis.
The Massachusetts man has yet to tally a notable win streak as of yet but he needs the win just as much as Simon, to cement himself as a significant figure at 135 lbs.
The bantamweight division is currently flooded with talent at the top looking to cement themselves as next in line, with many former champions moving down from the featherweight like Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar.
Henry Cejudo is thriving at the helm and many are circling.
But for Ricky Simon, a loss on Saturday would leave him as the division’s forgotten man and he must not let that happen.