- Jack Shore has opened as the -115 betting favorite againt Ricky Simon.
- At -105, Simon has opened as the betting underdog for only the second time in his MMA career.
- Shore and Simon are scheduled to fight at UFC on ABC 3 on July 16th in Elmont, New York.
Undefeated Welshman Jack Shore will be a slight betting favorite when he gets his first taste of ranked competition in the UFC against veteran Ricky Simon.
Shore opened at -115 via the top UFC betting sites while Simon came back at -105 odds when the betting lines first opened on Monday:
— BestFightOdds (@BestFightOdds) June 27, 2022
Shore and Simon have been booked to fight at UFC on ABC 3 on July 16th at the UBS Arena in Elmont, New York. The event will be headlined by a featherweight contest between Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez.
Jack Shore Defeats Timur Valiev via Unanimous Decision
#UFCLondon OFFICIAL RESULTS: Jack Shore defeated Timur Valiev via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
— MMAWeekly (@MMAWeeklycom) March 19, 2022
Shore kept his record unbeaten when he defeated Timur Valiev via unanimous decision at UFC London last March 19th. The win was Shore’s 5th consecutive triumph inside the UFC Octagon and his 16th win overall without a taste of defeat in a professional MMA cage.
The 27-year-old from Abertillery, Wales is a former Cage Warriors promotion bantamweight champion who joined the UFC in 2018. Shore began his UFC career with back-to-back rear-naked chokes of Nohelin Hernandez and Aaron Phillips then followed up those wins with three more decision victories. Overall, the Welshman is 16-0 with four wins via knockout and 8 by way of submission.
Shore has never seen the plus money sign written next to his name in an MMA fight. His current opening odds of -115 however, is the second-longest odds of his MMA career, after the -110 price he opened with when he fought Valiev. Shore’s closing odds of -140 against Valiev is also the longest of his fighting career.
Ricky Simon KOs Raphael Assuncao
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 19, 2021
Meanwhile, Simon is having the best stretch of his UFC career. The 29-year-old from Pendleton, Oregon has won his last four bouts, including an impressive second-round knockout win over Raphael Assuncao in his most recent bout at UFC Vegas 45 last December 18, 2021.
A former LFA bantamweight champion, the 12th-ranked Simon also challenged but lost to Anderson Dos Santos for the vacant Titan FC bantamweight title at Titan FC 37. Simon also joined the Contender Series in 2017 where he earned a split decision win against Donavon Frelow. Since joining the UFC in 2018, Simon has amassed a promotional record of 7-2 with his losses coming at the hands of Urijah Faber and Rob Font. Overall, Simon is 19-3 with six knockouts and three submission victories.
This will mark only the second time in his MMA career that Simon has opened as the betting underdog. The only other time where Simon was the bottom dog was when he opened and closed at +130 odds against Font. Simon was the heavy -345 betting favorite when he lost to Faber.