If things had gone according to plan, Canadian lightweight Jesse Ronson would have battled Carlos Diego Ferreira at this weekend’s UFC 231 card in Toronto.
Unfortunately, it now sounds as though the Canadian fighter will never fight in the UFC again.
Speaking in a Facebook post on Wednesday, Jesse Ronson explained that, when he realized his weight cut had hit a snag, he decided to be forthright and honest with the UFC, and approached the promotion about negotiating a catchweight bout. In response, his contract was terminated. Just like that.
Here’s what Jesse Ronson had to say about the situation:
To answer everyone's questions about my UFC situation. Straight up no holding back here it is- Tuesday morning I woke up…
“To answer everyone’s questions about my UFC situation. Straight up no holding back here it is- Tuesday morning I woke up 177.4, after eating a small meal and drinking 500ml of water I was 178.8 I did an easy workout in hamilton for an hour and got down to 175.2, where I went to Toronto for UFC check-in. I was asked how I felt and how everything was I told them right from the beginning i’m heavy and worried about making weight. they did check-in weight and proceeded as usual, I spoke with UFC PI nutritionist Clint. Told him about my Bcaa diet and the diet plan i’m currently on and what my plans were to cut and make weight. showed him all my supplements ETC after a lengthy chat it was evident I wasn’t going to make the 156 limit in my depleted state and that I would only hurt myself doing so and If I missed the fight could still be called off and i’d like like a bigger idiot or it may happen but i’ll have done too much dehydrating I wouldn’t be able to fight worth shit, So he suggested I seek a catchweight And inform the UFC as a professional that 156 wasn’t going to happen be truthful and honest and don’t dick them around see if they go for it. I told my manager all of this He called sean shelby, pleaded my case. The return answer I got was “no catchweight fight is off, your contract has been rescinded and you’ll never fight for the UFC again” done… I’m slightly stunned and shocked still at that statement. It’s aggressive but you can’t fuck around at the highest level, and I will still say thank you UFC for the opportunity, hopefully that was just heat of the moment anger talk/decisions Mr.Shelby, Sorry I couldn’t come through for you. Good luck with the show.” – Jesse Ronson on Facebook.
What do you make of this situation?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 12/5/2018.