UFC presented UFC Fight Night: Song vs Simon, also known as UFC on ESPN+ 81 or Fight Night 223 or UFC Vegas 72, on April 29, 2023. The event took place at UFC Apex Arena in Las Vegas, NV, and was headlined by Song Yadong vs Ricky Simon bantamweight bout.
RESULTS & CARD
- Main Event: Song Yadong def. Ricky Simon via TKO at 1:10 of round 5 – Bantamweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Co-Main Event: Caio Borralho def. Michal Oleksiejczuk via submission(rear-naked choke) at 2:49 of round 2 – Middleweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Rodolfo Vieira def. Cody Brundage via submission(arm triangle) at 1:28 of round 2 – Middleweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Fernando Padilla def. Julian Erosa via TKO at 1:41 of round 1 – Featherweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Waldo Cortes-Acosta via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – Heavyweight Bout
- Trey Waters def. Josh Quinlan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)- Welterweight Bout
- Martin Buday def. Jake Collier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – Heavyweight Bout
- Cody Durden def. Charles Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – Flyweight Bout
- Irina Alekseeva def. Stephanie Egger via submission at 2:11 of round 1- Women’s Catchweight (140 lbs) Bout (Watch Video)
- Marcus McGhee def. Journey Newson via submission at 2:03 of round 2 – Catchweight Bout (Watch Video)
- Jamey-Lyn Horth def. Hailey Cowan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) – Women’s Catchweight (137.5 lbs) Bout
UFC Fight Night: Song vs Simon was the 72nd Fight Night event at Apex Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
The event was supposed to be headlined by a lightweight bout between Arman Tsarukyan and Renato Moicano earlier. However, Moicano pulled out of the bout due to an injury. A bantamweight bout between Song Yadong and Ricky Simon was brought in from UFC Vegas 71 as the headliner for this event.
A middleweight bout between Rodolfo Vieira and Cody Brundage took place set for this event. It was originally booked for a Fight Night event in November 2022, but was cancelled after Viera pulled out with unknown reasons.
Martin Buday vs Jake Collier’s heavyweight contest was moved from UFC Kansas City Fight Night to this event.
Canceled or Postponed Bouts
- Brian Kelleher vs Journey Newson (Kelleher out due to an unknown reason)
- Natan Levy vs Pete Rodriguez
- Arman Tsarukyan vs Renato Moicano (Moicano pulled out due to injury)
- Chelsea Chandler vs Danyelle Wolf
- Josh Quinlan vs Ange Loosa (Loosa out due to an unknown reason)
- Emily Ducote vs Polyana Viana (moved to UFC Vegas 73)
- Hailey Cowan
- Jamey-Lyn Horth
- Irina Alekseeva
- Fernando Padilla
- Trey Waters
- Marcus McGhee
- Song Yadong(Performance of the Night)
- Caio Borralho(Performance of the Night)
- Rodolfo Vieira(Performance of the Night)
- Marcus McGhee(Performance of the Night)
Fight of the Night was not awarded.