Looking back on his 2015, up-and-coming bantamweight Ricky Simon feels like the year went just as well as could be expected.
Simon went undefeated and managed to take the right steps forward to move his career to the next level.
“I had four fights, four wins, so it was a good year,” Simon told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m my own biggest critic, but I think I performed well.
“My last two fights (against Jeremiah Labiano and Alex Soto) were big bumps up in competition against some very tough dudes, and there were some things I wish I would have done, but I think overall I gained a lot of experience and fought well.”
In particular, Simon was happy to step up into Titan FC with his win over Soto. It allowed him to prove himself in front of a larger audience.
“It was a good opportunity,” said Simon. “I got to showcase what I’ve been doing on the regional circuit and showed that I could do it at a high level as well.”
Simon (7-0) returns to Titan FC on Friday in Ridgefield, Wash., to take on fellow undefeated prospect Brett Johns (12-0) in the night’s main event for the company’s vacant 135-pound title.
“He’s undefeated and has done some good things over in the U.K., so I’m excited for this, especially in my hometown,” said Simon of Johns.
“I think he’s one of those guys who likes to get the takedown and be on top, so I can’t allow him to do that. Wrestling will play a big part in this fight. I’ve got to dictate where the fight goes.”
A win over Johns would not only be a big way for Simon to start off 2016, but it will very likely dictate his career path moving forward.
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