Ricky Simon draws Rani Yahya in bantamweight bout at UFC 234 in Melbourne

A bantamweight bout between Ricky Simon and Rani Yahya is the latest addition to February’s UFC 234 lineup.

Simon (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) confirmed the matchup with Yahya (26-9 MMA, 11-3 UFC) on social media following an initial report from Combate (via Instagram):

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February 9th I will be heading to Melbourne, Australia to upset the #15 ranked bantamweight in the world.

UFC 234 takes place Sunday, Feb. 10, at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Due to the time change, the pay-per-view card airs in North America on Feb. 9.

Yahya, 34, is currently in the best form of his career. The Brazilian has won seven of his past eight bouts, including a current three-fight winning streak that includes submission finishes over Luke Sanders, Russell Doane and Enrique Briones.

Simon, 26, will attempt to stay perfect inside the octagon and extend his seven-fight winning streak overall. The American most recently competed at UFC 227 in August where he earned a unanimous decision victory over Montel Jackson.

The latest UFC 234 card now includes:

  • Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva
  • Wuliji Buren vs. Jonathan Martinez
  • Jim Crute vs. Ryan Spann
  • Kai Kara-France vs. Raulian Paiva
  • Montana De La Rosa vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Austin Arnett vs. Shane Young
  • Teruto Ishihara vs. Kyung Ho Kang
  • Ricky Simon vs. Rani Yahya

For more on UFC 234, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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