When Song Yadong and Ricky Simón made their way to the octagon, fight fans were giddy to witness two of the most elite bantamweights on the roster finally lock horns.
Simón looked to extend his win streak to six straight, which included stoppage wins over Jack Shore, Raphael Assunção, and Gaeteano Pirrerllo.
Yadong, on the other hand, was looking to right the ship after suffering a TKO loss to Cory Sandhagen in September. This setback snapped the Team Alpha Male product’s three-fight win streak, which included wins over Marlon Moraes, Julio Arce, and Casey Kenney
But after almost 25 minutes of action, it was Yadong’s venomous right hand that put Simón down for the count early in the final round.
Check how fellow Yadong’s fellow fighters reacted to his violent knockout victory inside the UFC APEX below.
That dude Song is a beast frfr! #UFCVegas72— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) April 30, 2023
Song has power in both hands. He can land a big shot from anywhere. #UFCVegas72— Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) April 30, 2023
That was impressive!!! #UFCVegas72— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) April 30, 2023
Wow… #UFCVegas72— Ode' ⭕️sbourne (@OdeOsbourne) April 30, 2023
Great Performance by @SongYadongLFG— Darren Elkins (@DarrenElkinsMMA) April 30, 2023
Yadong is so crispy with the striking great performance tonight #UFCVegas— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) April 30, 2023
Congrats @SongYadongLFG #TAM— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) April 30, 2023
Wow 5th round finish @ufc— Trev5starjones.eth (@TrevinAJones) April 30, 2023
Fuuuuck.— Vince Morales (@vandetta135) April 30, 2023