The fans in the jam-packed Hamilton Theatre chanted, "UFC UFC UFC!" as Jesse Ronson put on an absolute fighting clinic at the expense of Ryan Healy tonight in the co-main event of SFS 7. Despite eating a barrage of various kinds of strikes, and getting bloody in the process, the tough veteran in Healy simply refused to go away.
Ronson battered Healy for three rounds, seemingly scoring strikes at will, as Healy forged on to try and get Ronson to the ground. Even when the two went to the ground, Ronson was able to thrive with his wrestling and defence until he got it back to the feet again.
I was a little worried because every time I dropped, he dropped; he has that wrestling base. I wanted to take him down—believe me, I wanted to be the first guy to submit him. But after I realized I could land, I literally was able to land everything I wanted on this guy and he still stood there.
The Adrenaline Training Center fighter once again showed that his striking is some of the best in the country at 155 pounds. With the fans chanting UFC every time Ronson fights now, it is clear the big show should give the man a serious look.
In his in-cage, post-fight interview with Arda Ocal, Ronson stated that all he wanted for Christmas is a UFC contract, and he repeated it when I spoke to him in the dressing room.
"All I want for Christmas is a UFC contract. Please just give it to me. If not, I really don't know who's next.
Ronson was a naughty boy tonight against Healy, and for that, he deserves a nice UFC gift from Santa.
(See the video for post-fight comments from Jesse Ronson.)
Dwight Wakabayashi is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA and guest blogger for Sportsnet.ca UFC.