Michel Prazeres vs. Jesse Ronson
Round 1: The two meet in the middle of the cage. Prazeres looks to get the fight to the ground early. He secures the takedown. Ronson gets back to his feet momentarily. Prazeres gets Ronson down and lands in side control. Ronson stands but Prazeres elevates him and slams him back to the canvas. Prazeres passes Ronson’s guard into side control. Prazeres takes Ronson’s back. Prazeres lands short punches. He works for a rear naked choke. Ronson defends the submission attempt. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Prazeres.
Round 2: Ronson lands an outside leg kick. He moves forward but Prazeres changes levels and takes him down. Prazeres works to take Ronson’s back but Ronson escapes. Prazeres secures a double leg takedown. Ronson stands and circles free. Ronson lands a kick to the body and Prazeres takes him down. Ronson works his way back to his feet. Prazeres presses him against the cage. Ronson lands a hard knee to the body and separates. Ronson delivers a kick to the body. Ronson lands a lead uppercut. Prazeres looks for a takedown but Ronson stuffs it. Ronson lands an outside leg kick in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Prazeres but Ronson looks to be the fresher fighter heading into the final round.
Round 3: Prazeres’ corner tells him to set up the takedowns. Ronson delivers a front kick to the body to start the round. Ronson moving forward. He steps in with an uppercut. Ronson lands an outside leg kick and goes to the body with a right hand. Prazeres looks up at the clock. He lands a right hand and another. Ronson moves in with a combination. Prazeres works to get the fight to the ground but Ronson defends the takedown attempt. Ronson stands over Prazeres and lands kicks to Prazeres’ legs. Two minutes remain in the round. Ronson lets him up. Prazeres lands a right hand. Ronson answers with a left hand. Prazeres ducks under a punch and takes Ronson down. Ronson rolls and works to stand. Ronson secures a big slam and unloads punches in the final seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Ronson.
The judges score the fight for Prazeres by split decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.