The big bantamweight bookings continue.
At a UFC Fight Night event April 22, promotion-ranked contenders Song Yadong (19-7-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) and Ricky Simon (20-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) are slated to fight against one another. The event does not currently have a publicly known location or venue.
Two people with knowledge of the booking confirmed the matchup to MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. Eurosport NL was first to report the fight.
Yadong, 25, looks to bounce back from a September loss to Cory Sandhagen. The bout was stopped by the cage-side physician after Yadong suffered a facial laceration. The defeat snapped a three-fight winning streak that included victories over Casey Kenney, Julio Arce, and Marlon Moraes.
Simon, 30, is on the most successful run of his UFC career. He has won five fights in a row with victories over Ray Borg, Gaetano Pirrello, Brian Kelleher, Raphael Assuncao, and most recently, Jack Shore.
With the addition, the UFC Fight Night lineup for April 22 includes:
Song Yadong vs. Ricky Simon
Jared Gordon vs. Bobby Green
Norma Dumont vs. Karol Rosa
William Gomis vs. Francis Marshall
Iasmin Lucindo vs. Melissa Martinez