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TUF 19 Finale: Kevin Lee Vs. Jesse Ronson

tuf 19 finale

Kevin Lee vs. Jesse Ronson

We’ll conclude the prelims with a lightweight scrap between Kevin Lee and Jesse Ronson.

Lee (7-1) lost to Al Iaquinta in his Octagon debut this past February, while Ronson (13-4) is winless in two UFC fights, falling to Francisco Trinaldo and Michel Prazeres via split decision.

Round 1: Lee comes out strong, working for a takedown. He lands a nice knee to the body instead and they square back off in the center. Lee gets in deep on a single-leg, releases and lands a hug knee. He’s been denied on the takedowns, but has done well with knees from in close. Ronson gets off a straight left that nearly floors Lee. Straight right answer from Lee, who follows up with a kick to the body. Ronson goes to the body for a pair, adding a quick leg kick. Ronson kicks the thigh of Lee, a new move but an effective one. Lee with a body lock and takedown attempt, but Ronson backs his way to the cage and remains standing. Lee stays in deep and gets the takedown, but Ronson immediately gets out and to his feet. Lee catches him against the fence and unloads, dropping down and getting a second takedown. A good 30-second flurry for Lee here at the end of the action.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lee

Round 2: Lee with some power behind his strikes and kicks here to start, but Ronson fires back with an uppercut that lands and goes to the body. Much of the same this round, as Lee controls the action with his wrestling. He’s been constantly going for takedowns and keeping Ronson off balance. Modified knee-kick to the body from Lee connects, as Ronson seems unsure of what to do. He shoots for a takedown himself as we head under a minute, but is easily denied. Ronson missed on the takedown, but followed up a knee with a good combo that briefly stopped Lee.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Ronson

Round 3: Lee with a nice combo, but fails on the takedown. That allows Ronson the chance to score with his own double-leg and take the lead in this uneventful round so far. Lee gives up his back for a brief moment, allowing Ronson to lock up a choke. Lee, though, squirms out and is in side control, transitioning himself to the back. Lee on the back, but Ronson uses a nice switch to get free and land a quick takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lee

Kevin Lee def. Jesse Ronson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)