Jesse Ronson feels Nordin Asrih is in for a rude awakening in the BTC 18 main event

Jesse Ronson
Jesse Ronson weighs in for his UFC Fight Island 3 bout with Nicolas Dalby. (Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

BTC Fight Promotions are closing out the year with another great night of fights and an absolute scorcher of a main event.

London, Ont.-based UFC veteran¬†Jesse Ronson (21-10) makes his return to the BTC cage where he’ll welcome Germany’s Nordin Asrih (29-10-1) in a super lightweight bout in the BTC 18 main event.

“It’s just another fight. I would rather not have had to come back to the regional scene, but in order to go somewhere else I need a win,” Ronson said in an interview with MMA Empire.

“My manager told me if you want Bellator or anywhere big you need to get a win, so that’s what we’re doing. It is what it is, I’m not done fighting yet.”

Ronson, 36, wasn’t re-signed after coming up short in his last two UFC bouts. He’ll be looking to right the ship and regain the attention of the big promotions with a solid performance on Saturday night.

“Training has been going great. I didn’t get too far out of shape from my last fight in October,” Ronson said.

“I’m looking forward to smashing this old German guy and then taking some much-needed rest and seeing what offers get thrown my way after.”

Although Ronson was quick to point to the age of his opponent, it’s not the only advantage he believes he’ll have over his opponent. Ronson also feels his strength of schedule will give him a definitive edge.

“To me, it’s a joke. Yeah, he’s won nine in a row, but they’re all cans, and they’re all in his promotion. If I went and started my own promotion and wanted to go 10-0 with all finishes you better believe I’m doing it,” Ronson explained.

“He’s hand-picking his opponents and he’s beating them. What can you expect? He’s obviously doing well, good for him, but he’s going to get a very rude awakening at 44 years old and three years off coming all the way to Canada to fight me fresh out of the UFC.”

Although returning to the regional circuit after a second UFC stint isn’t necessarily ideal, Ronson is looking to make the most of the opportunity and expects a ruckus hometown crowd in Burlington.

“I’ve told people before that watching me fight on TV is one thing but being there live is something else,” Ronson said.

“So get off your ass and come watch me fight live. It’s an experience. My last three UFC fights were with limited crowds, so it’s been a while since I’ve had people cheering for me. And I don’t care what anybody says when you hear the roar of the crowd, it gives you an extra boost of energy. And I know they won’t be cheering for the German guy.”

With only four of his 21 career wins coming by way of decision, Ronson is a lethal finisher. When it comes to mental preparation, however, Ronson is excited to showcase a more laid back approach this time out.

“I can see myself finishing him anywhere,” Ronson said.

“I need to go out there and fight. That’s something that I haven’t been doing. It’s been too much overthinking and too much game-planning, so this fight there’s no real game-planning. I’m just going to rely on my training and my abilities. We’re just going to go out there and scrap, and I’m confident.”

Ronson’s shoutouts

“The king. Faisal Rehman. He helps get everyone their medicals and he put on a good performance himself at PFC 14. Without him, Ontario MMA would be dead. And Bearded Bites, I’ve never eaten so much and felt so good while making weight.”¬†Follow Ronson on social media: TWITTER, INSTAGRAM