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Ricky Simon vs. Brian Kelleher in the works for UFC event on Sept. 5

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC’s has added an exciting matchup to their first September event.

Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a fight between Ricky Simon and Brian Kelleher is in the works for the UFC’s event on Sept. 5, which is expected to take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

Per sources, the bout will take place at 145 pounds.

After a 3-0 start to his UFC run, Simon dropped back-to-back fights to Urijah Faber and Rob Font to cap off his 2019. The 27-year-old got his 2020 started off in a great way when he picked up a unanimous decision victory over Ray Borg at UFC Jacksonville in May. Simon also holds promotional victories over Merab Dvalishvili, Montel Jackson and Rani Yahya.

Kelleher is set to make his fourth appearance of the year and looks to get back in the win column. After a pair of “Performance of the Night” winning finishes of Ode Osbourne and Hunter Azure, “Boom” dropped a unanimous decision to Cody Stamann at UFC 250. The Long Island native will make his 10th walk to the octagon.

The UFC’s Sept. 5 event will be headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai.

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