Ranked bantamweight rivals Song Yadong and Ricky Simon headline Fight Night 223 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Lightweights Arman Tsarukyan and Renato Moicano were due to close out the card but an injury sustained by the former saw the contest removed from the event.
Song and Simon were initially slated to meet at Fight Night 222 on 23rd April but their bout has been moved back a week to top the bill at Fight Night 223.
China's Song is ranked #8 in the bantamweight division and can be backed at 11/10 to earn victory as he looks to return to winning ways.
After earning three successive victories over Casey Kenney, Julio Arce and Marlon Moraes, Song suffered a fourth round TKO loss to Cory Sandhagen in September 2022.
Simon is priced at 8/11 to extend his winning run to five and he most recently caught the eye when sealing a second-round submission victory over England's Jack Shore, who held a 16-0 record, in July 2022.
|What||UFC Fight Night 223|
|Where||UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada, USA|
|Whe||21:00, Saturday 29th April 2023|
|How to watch||BT Sport|
|Odds||Song Yadong 11/10, Ricky Simon 8/11|
The card is scheduled to take place on Saturday 29th April 2023.
The preliminary card gets underway at 21:00 and the main card is due to begin at 00:00, with Song and Simon expected to walk to the octagon at around 02:00.
The UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada plays host to the card.
The Apex is a purpose-built arena owned by the UFC and has hosted live events since May 2020 with Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns headlining the maiden card.
There were 20 Fight Night cards at the Apex in 2022, but after UFC president Dana White revealed an ambition to get out on the road more often, Fight Night 223 will be just the sixth event held at the venue in 2023.
Yes. Both the preliminary card and the main card are available to watch on BT Sport.
No. There aren't any belts on the line at UFC Fight Night 223.
Aljamain Sterling holds the bantamweight title and he is set to make his third defence against the returning Henry Cejudo at UFC 288 on 6th May.
A title shot is unlikely to arrive for Song or Simon this year, although the winner will take a step in the right direction.
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