It was the Ricky Simon that we missed when approaching UFC Jacksonville, as he went underground to focus only on breaking a losing skid from two fights and nothing else. No media, no distraction, nothing to get him out of his resolute approach of winning this fight with Borg.
“I have never been on a two fight skid like this and I just knew the questions were going to be like,” Get out of two losses … “,” he said. “And I felt so strong mentally and I knew I was doing the right things. I just had to focus on training and have confidence in what I do and I just didn’t want to keep answering, “Oh, well, that’s why I lose. Yes, the pressure is there, but I just wanted to stay mentally strong and go to battle and do what I do. “
You could say that Simon was too hard on himself, especially since he was trapped and arrested by the UFC Hall of Fame, Urijah Faber last July, then lost a decision of the night fight in favor of Rob Font in December. It’s not the worst losing streak of two fights you’ve ever seen, but Simon went through it knowing he was not one to accept those losses.
“This is exactly how I felt,” he said. “I know that losses are inevitable, especially in this sport where there are so many variables. But it bothers me deep down. Even thinking of them, I want them to come back. And I want to put myself in a position to recover them. I just want to get better and keep getting better and I think adding coach Colin Oyama to camp in recent times and that he may have helped to refine things in my overall approach to MMA was important. And my trainer Fabiano Scherner reassures me that I do everything I can, and his confidence in me keeps me mentally strong. “