Jesse Ronson (born December 24, 1985) is a Canadian mixed martial artist who competes in the Lightweight division. A professional fighter since 2009, he has previously competed in promotions such as UFC, Aggression FC and Score Fighting Series. He is currently signed with TKO MMA, the largest mixed martial arts promotion in Canada, where he is the current Lightweight and Welterweight Champion.

Jesse Ronson
BornJesse Allen Ronson
(1985-12-24) December 24, 1985 (age 34)
London, Ontario, Canada
Other namesThe Body Snatcher
ResidenceLondon, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLightweight
Welterweight (formerly)
Reach70.5
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofLondon, Ontario, Canada
TeamAdrenaline Training Centre
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total30
Wins20
By knockout10
By submission6
By decision4
Losses10
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision7
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

A native of the streets of London, Ontario, he fought a lot in the streets as a young kid. "...Being naturally good [at fighting], I figured I should make something of it instead of doing it on the streets and potentially getting arrested or charged." A wrestler in high school, he decided to start training in kickboxing and boxing in 2006 and switched over to MMA not long after.[1] He got his nickname, "Body Snatcher," in 2006, after he had 3 fights in 3 days and won all three by first-round TKO with body shots.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

He made his professional MMA debut on November 28, 2009 at Elite 1 - Resurrection in Moncton. He defeated local favorite Eric St. Pierre with a first-round KO. He went on to win his next three bouts, but suffered his first career loss against Lindsey Hawkes at a catch weight of 163lbs.

He defeated current UFC fighter Jason Saggo by decision on August 2011. After this impressive showing, he received a shot at the AM Ford Fight Night Lightweight Championship. He defeated the champ, Brad Causey (who was coming in at 10-1 into the bout), on April 14, 2012 at AM Ford Night 2012 - Demolition via first-round KO to capture the belt.

At Score Fighting Series 7, Ronson defeated WEC and Strikeforce vet Ryan Healy, and received a shot at the Aggression FC Lightweight Championship on July 5, 2013 against Shane Campbell at AFC 19: Undisputed, where he captured the belt with a second round submission victory.[2]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

On August 22, 2013, the UFC announced that it had signed Jesse Ronson to replace an injured Mark Bocek to take on Michel Prazeres at UFC 165 in Toronto.[3] He lost the fight via split decision.[4]

Ronson faced Francisco Trinaldo on January 2, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi in Brazil, but lost again via split decision.[5]

Ronson next fought Kevin Lee on July 6 at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. Ronson was handed his third split decision loss in the UFC, and his third consecutive loss overall.[6]

Post-UFCEdit

Ronson was released after racking up three straight losses, and went on to fight Dom O'Grady at PFC 3 - Showdown in the Downtown on October 18, 2014 in London, where he dominated and won by way of TKO in the second round.[7]

Ronson was scheduled to face Stephen Beaumont at XFFC 8.[8] However, Beaumont pulled out due to injury. Now, Ronson will face Matt MacGrath for the XFFC Welterweight title in Grande Prairie, Alberta on December 11, 2015.[9]

Return to Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Ronson was scheduled to face Carlos Diego Ferreira on December 8, 2018 at UFC 231, replacing an injured John Makdessi.[10] However, on December 4, 2018. It was announced that Ronson was pulled out of the fight due to being too heavy to safely make Lightweight and was released from UFC.[11]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

BoxingEdit

  • Canadian Amateur Boxing Association
    • Provincial boxing champion

KickboxingEdit

  • Kickboxing Canada
    • Canadian Low-Kick Middleweight Champion
    • Canadian Full Contact Middleweight Champion
    • Provincial Full Contact Middleweight champion
  • World Pan-Amateur Kickboxing Association
    • WPKA Full Contact Super Middleweight Champion
    • WPKA K-1 Super Middleweight Champion

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
30 matches 20 wins 10 losses
By knockout 10 2
By submission 6 1
By decision 4 7
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20-10 Nikolay Aleksakhin TKO (punches) PFL 7 October 11, 2019 1 3:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2019 PFL Welterweight alternate bout.
Loss 20-9 Natan Schulte Decision (unanimous) PFL 5 July 25, 2019 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 2019 PFL Lightweight Second Round.
Win 20–8 Michael Dufort Decision (split) TKO 44: Hunter Vs Barriault September 21, 2018 5 5:00 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Won the TKO Welterweight Championship
Win 19–8 Derek Gauthier TKO (punches) TKO 41: Champions December 8, 2017 1 1:10 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won the TKO Lightweight Championship
Win 18–8 Jeremie Capony Submission (rear-naked choke) ACB 72 October 14, 2017 2 1:20 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 17–8 Derek Gauthier TKO (punches) TKO 38 - Ascension April 7, 2017 3 3:49 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 16–8 Jimmy Spicuzza TKO (knees and punch) TKO 36 Resurrection November 4, 2016 2 3:06 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 15–8 Matt Dwyer Decision (unanimous) XFFC 10 - Out of the Ashes July 8, 2016 3 5:00 Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Loss 15–7 Matt MacGrath Decision (unanimous) XFFC 9 - Conviction April 15, 2016 5 5:00 Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada For XFFC Welterweight Championship.
Loss 15–6 Alexander Sarnavskiy Decision (unanimous) Abu Dhabi Warriors 3 October 3, 2015 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 15–5 Gadji Zaipulaev Submission (d'arce choke) Abu Dhabi Warriors 2 March 26, 2015 2 3:24 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 14–5 Dom O'Grady TKO (punches) PFC 3 - Showdown in the Throwdown October 18, 2014 2 0:45 London, Ontario, Canada Catchweight of 171 lbs.
Loss 13–5 Kevin Lee Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale July 6, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–4 Francisco Trinaldo Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi February 15, 2014 3 5:00 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Loss 13–3 Michel Prazeres Decision (split) UFC 165 September 21, 2013 3 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 13–2 Shane Campbell Submission (rear-naked choke) AFC 19: Undisputed July 5, 2013 2 1:59 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Won the AFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 12–2 Ryan Healy Decision (unanimous) SFS 7 - Score Fighting Series 7 November 23, 2012 3 5:00 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Win 11–2 Alex Ricci Decision (unanimous) SFS 5 - Fraser vs. Hill August 25, 2012 3 5:00 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Catchweight of 156 lbs.
Win 10–2 Eric St. Pierre TKO (punches) Elite 1 - Redemption July 28, 2012 1 2:17 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada Catchweight of 160 lbs.
Win 9–2 Brad Causey KO (punches) AM Ford Fight Night 2012 - Demolition April 14, 2012 1 4:54 Trail, British Columbia, Canada Won the AMFFN Lightweight Championship.
Win 8–2 Tony Hervey Submission (rear-naked choke) SFS 3 - Meltdown in the Valley December 3, 2011 2 4:25 Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Win 7–2 Jason Saggo Decision (split) GWFC 1: Uprising August 13, 2011 3 5:00 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Win 6–2 Brandon Chagnon TKO (punches) SITH - Slammer in the Hammer June 17, 2011 1 4:40 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Welterweight Bout.
Loss 5–2 Mike Ricci TKO (punches) Ringside MMA 10 - Cote vs. Starnes April 9, 2011 1 3:12 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Catchweight of 157 lbs.
Win 5–1 Alka Matewa Submission (armbar) Wreck MMA - Strong and Proud January 28, 2011 1 4:51 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada Catchweight of 165 lbs.
Loss 4–1 Lindsey Hawkes Submission (rear-naked choke) CFC - Canadian Fighting Championship 6 October 8, 2010 1 4:47 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 4–0 Mark Durant Submission (rear-naked choke) CFC - Canadian Fighting Championship 5 June 4, 2010 1 4:51 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 3–0 Mike Thibodeau KO (punches) Elite 1 - First Blood April 24, 2010 2 2:34 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Win 2–0 Luis Cepeda-Javier TKO (punches) CFC - Canadian Fighting Championship 4 February 26, 2010 2 3:17 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 1–0 Eric St. Pierre KO (punches) Elite 1 - Resurrection November 28, 2009 1 3:52 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada Pro debut.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ UFC profile
  2. ^ "AFC 19: Ford and Ronson earn AFC titles in Edmonton". mmacanada.net. July 6, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "UFC Signs Jesse Ronson To Replace Injured Mark Bocek At UFC 165 In Toronto". MMA Weekly. August 22, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  4. ^ Alexander, Mookie (September 22, 2013). "UFC 165 results recap: Jesse Ronson vs. Michel Prazeres". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  5. ^ Alexander, Mookie (February 15, 2014). "UFC Fight Night 36 results: Yuri Alcantara, Trinaldo, Damm, Proctor close out prelims with decision victories". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Marrocco, Steven (July 6, 2014). "TUF 19 Finale results, photos: Kevin Lee takes split decision from Jesse Ronson". MMA Junkie. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  7. ^ Montanini, Chris (October 19, 2014). "Ronson back in the win column after PFC 3". The Londoner. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  8. ^ Rempel, Cody (October 16, 2015). "The Body Snatcher Meets Big Bad Beaumont At XFFC 8". Top MMA News. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  9. ^ Grienke, Keith (November 14, 2015). "What Do You Get When Two Fighters Pull Out Of XFFC Fights? Ronson Vs MacGrath!". Top MMA News. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  10. ^ "Jesse Ronson returns to the UFC, meets Diego Ferreira at UFC 231". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  11. ^ Newswire, MMA Fighting (2018-12-05). "Jesse Ronson says he was forced to withdraw from UFC 231 for being 'too heavy'". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  12. ^ Sherdog.com. "Jesse". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-11-28.

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