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Legacy Fighting Alliance 29 – Ricky Simon

By Lance Edwards

Ricky Simon (10-1) is new to the Legacy Fighting Alliance, but represents the sort of outstanding talent being signed by the promotion. Riding a three-fight winning streak, Simon steps in to face his toughest test to date. Simon’s opponent at LFA 29 is none other than RFA, LFA and UFC veteran Chico Camus (18-7). The bout will determine who is crowned the new LFA bantamweight champion.

Born in Pendleton, OR, but raised in Vancouver, Washington, Simon grew up wrestling from a young age and competed through high school. He currently still lives in Vancouver, WA;

“After deciding against wrestling in college, I took a year off from competing in anything. I felt like I was going to go crazy not competing. I was walking through our local mall and noticed a MMA gym right there inside the mall. An old wrestling teammate of mine trained there and convinced me to try it out. I took my first fight a month later.”

Simon trains at Gracie Barra Portland. Gracie Barra is the well-known organization founded by Master Carlos Gracie that has spread around the world. Simon made a rapid ascent in the sport, going 7-0 as a professional. His first and only professional defeat to date was to Anderson Dos Santos (17-5) in March of 2016;

“I learned that you can do everything right and still come up short. MMA is a crazy, but a fascinating sport, and that is why I love it.”

Simon is a dangerous opponent for anyone he faces;

“I would describe myself as an aggressive, all-around fighter. My specialty is picking guys up and slamming them.”

Some may recognize Simon from his last fight. In August he faced Donovan Frelow (6-3) at Dana White’s Looking for a Fight and took him to decision;

“It was a great experience, but I think the format is a bit off. They were looking for a quick solution superstar and not their next dominant champ.”

Simon thinks highly of his opponent and realizes that a win for him will see his stock elevate;

“Chico is dope. Super athletic, well rounded, and comes from a great camp. It will feel damn good to beat him. It is the most important fight of my career. A win like this could change a lot for me. I have been visualizing that belt around my waist everyday for two months now.”

 

This fight is hotly tipped to be one of the best of the year;

“I see it being very fast paced and technical. I will land the better power shots and ultimately my wrestling will break Chico.”

Simon is confident he will be the victor, his hand being raised at the end of the fight;

“(After this) either the UFC will want to sign me, or I will defend my new shiny belt.”

When not training or fighting, Simon likes to take some time to relax;

“I like to be active and explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I also like to be a bum and game with my nerd brothers.”

One things for sure, whatever happens in this fight, it promises to be one not to be missed.