UFC adds Mario Bautista vs. Ricky Simon to first 2024 event

The newest addition to the first UFC show of 2024 is a bantamweight match between Mario Bautista and Ricky Simon.

The three-round fight will occur on January 13 as a UFC Fight Night event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

The booking was just revealed to MMA Junkie by two sources, who requested to remain anonymous because the organization hasn’t made an official announcement. The match was initially confirmed on Sunday by Bautista’s management, Iridium Sports Agency.

With a five-bout winning run entering the fight, Bautista (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is riding a recent unanimous decision victory over Da’Mon Blackshear at UFC 292 in August.

Simon (20-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) aims to bounce back after losing to Song Yadong via TKO in the fifth round at UFC on ESPN 45 in April. The defeat ended a five-fight winning streak that had featured victories over Raphael Assuncao and Jack Shore, among others.

The UFC Fight Night schedule on January 13 now includes:

  • Ricky Simon vs. Mario Bautista
  • Waldo Cortes-Acosta vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Yana Santos vs. Norma Dumont
  • Marcus McGhee vs. Gaston Bolanos
  • Preston Parsons vs Bassil Hafez

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