Ray Borg vs. Ricky Simon - 5/13/20 UFC on ESPN 9 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ray Borg vs. Ricky Simon - 5/13/20 UFC on ESPN 9 Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Ricky Simon vs. Ray Borg

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:00 PM (VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena)

The Line: Ray Borg +145 / Ricky Simon -170 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Ricky Simon and Ray Borg fight Wednesday during UFC on ESPN 9 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.  CLICK HERE TO BET THIS UFC FIGHT

Ricky Simon enters this fight with a 15-3 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by decision. Simon has split his last four fights and is coming off a December loss to Rob Font. Simon is averaging 2.96 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40 percent. Simon is averaging 6.53 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 49 percent. Simon went from riding an eight-fight winning streak to losing back-to-back bouts and being on the losing side of the fight of the night at UFC on ESPN 7. Simon is now 3-2 under the UFC banner. Simon is a physical takedown artist who loves the spear approach, as he lands on top of his opponent and usually unleashes a viscous ground and pound. Simon has some explosive athleticism to him and can more than hold his own standing up where he has a versatile striking attack. Simon is also one of the more well conditioned fighters in the division and it’s not a coincidence that eight of his last 11 victories have gone the distance. This will be Simon’s first career fight in Florida. 

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Ray Borg enters this fight with a 13-4 record and is winning 46 percent of his fights by submission. Borg has split his last four fights and is coming off a February win over Rogerio Bontorin. Borg is averaging 1.36 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 52 percent. Borg is averaging 4.26 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 51 percent. Borg is coming off a solid victory where he controlled his opponent for three rounds, but he’s missed weight in four of his last eight fights, so it’s fair to question his professionalism at this stage of his career. Borg now looks to win three straight fights for the first time since 2014-15. Borg is a smooth fighter who is stronger than he looks and usually gets the fight on the ground where he wants it. Borg has a strong takedown percentage and he usually controls top position where he has an effective ground and pound. Borg scrambles well, can reverse position quickly and has six submission victories on his resume. The only real concern is that this is a quick turnaround for Borg, especially when you throw in the fact fighters aren’t going through a proper training camp these days. This will be Borg’s second career fight in Florida. 

This should be a fun fight between two guys who have similar styles in their takedown approach and wanting to control top position to unless ground and pound. The difference for me is that Simon is the much bigger fighter with a six-inch reach advantage and he’s going to be the better conditioned fighter in this bout as well. Borg has put together some decent performances his last times out, but he’s going to struggle with the length of Simon and will have trouble gaining position if this fight goes to the canvas.

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Randy’s Pick Ricky Simon -170

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.