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Jesse Ronson pulled from UFC 231 due to weight issues, released from contract

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Lightweight Jesse Ronson was released from his UFC contract after being too overweight ahead of Friday’s UFC 231 weigh-in.

A short notice replacement for UFC 231, returning lightweight Jesse Ronson won’t get a chance to start a new Octagon stint after going 0-3 in his first endeavor.

After taking a bout against Carlos Diego Ferreira on just a week’s notice, the ‘Body Snatcher’ wrote on his Facebook page that he was too overweight to cut the additional pounds in a healthy manner, which ultimately led to a release from his recently signed contract.

Unfortunately my fight this Saturday at UFC is off. I was too heavy to safely make the weight. And perform so they...

Posted by Jesse Ronson on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

To answer everyone's questions about my UFC situation. Straight up no holding back here it is- Tuesday morning I woke up...

Posted by Jesse "The Bodysnatcher" Ronson on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Although it was not announced yet and the UFC 231 card is just three days away, MMA Junkie’s John Morgan reported on Twitter that the UFC wants to keep Ferreira and already have a new fighter to announce for the bout.

Jesse Ronson’s (19-8) first Octagon stint was a rather frustrating one. On an eight-fight win streak then, Ronson made his debut shortly after winning the AFC belt in July 2013, but ended up dropping a split decision to Michel Prazeres in September of the same year. Ronson would go on to lose via split decision twice more, to Francisco Trinaldo and Kevin Lee, and was released following the Lee loss, in July 2014.

UFC 231 will take place on December 8, in Toronto, Canada. The card will be headlined by a featherweight title fight between champion, Max Holloway and top contender, Brian Ortega.