Ontario, Canada native Jesse Ronson is set to make his UFC debut just hours from where he grew up. Ronson received a phone call from his manager saying that a fight he was training for had fallen apart, but he had some good news to go along with it. The UFC needed someone to replace Mark Bocek to face Michel Prazeres, but his manager didn’t even need to ask Ronson if he was willing to take the fight. In a recent interview before his fight tonight at UFC 165, Ronson talked about getting the fight, and about what he thought of his opponent Michel Prazeres.
Ronson told MMAJunkie:
“It was a Tuesday, Aug. 21, at about 4 o’clock. I was sitting there playing ‘Call of Duty’ and my manager told me some bad news about another fight, but then told me I was going to get in the UFC. I said, ‘Hold on a second.’ I put the phone down and stepped on the scale and was like, ‘Oh, crap.’ I was a half pound under 188. So I had a lot of work to do, but I was super excited and super stoked to get the diet back on and get back into training camp.”
“I think (my manager) said yes for me because he knew automatically that I wasn’t going to say no. It’s the UFC. This is exactly where I want to be – this is exactly where everyone wants to be when they do MMA. You don’t start fighting and training to not get to the UFC.”
“I like to watch tape of my opponent right at the beginning, just to see what he looks like and how he moves. I can break somebody down in two of three minutes of watching them fight. I don’t know – maybe it’s a special gift of mine. So I watched two fights of his, and that’s all I needed to watch.”
“I’m definitely thriving on it, because it’s only two hours away from my hometown. I know a lot of people here and I’m just getting a lot of support. I wasn’t expecting a lot of people to know who I was, but I walked into the (hotel) lobby and people were like, ‘Hey, man, can I get your picture? Can you sign this? Me? Really? I wasn’t expecting that type of response. I’m actually enjoying it, because I’ve never had it happen before.”
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UFC 165: Jones Vs Gustafsson takes place tonight at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. In the main event, Defending Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones will put his title on the line against Alexander Gustafsson. In the co-main event Interim Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao will put his belt on the line against Eddie Wineland.
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