UFC Vegas 61: Joaquim Silva Floors Jesse Ronson with Flying Knee

Joaquim Silva and Jesse Ronson, UFC Vegas 61
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 01: (R-L) Joaquim Silva of Brazil punches Jesse Ronson of Canada in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 01, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Canada’s Jesse Ronson returned to action against Brazilian Joaquim Silva in a lightweight bout at UFC Vegas 61 on Saturday.

Ronson had missed all of 2021 due to a USADA suspension stemming from a failed drug test, then lost his return bout this past April when he was submitted by Rafa Garcia at UFC on ESPN 34.

Ronson opened the action with a side kick to the body, and had to contend with a high kick from Silva fired in response. Ronson kept his guard up, and had a noticeable size advantage over Silva.

The kicks continued, both men firing low. Ronson flashed a front kick that fell short then fanned on a leg kick. Range, clearly, was still an issue for both men. The feeling out process continued throughout most of the open round, with Ronson finally moving in to land a combo with about 90 seconds left. Wrestling in the opening round, meanwhile, was all but an afterthought. Silva would land his best punch, a right hand, in the final 30 seconds of the round while Ronson returned fire with a kick. Just before the buzzer, Silva fired a jump knee that caught Ronson, hurting him!

Ronson appeared to have recovered in the second, but a clearly invigorated Silva kept up his attack. Stance switches, jabs from south paw, and another flying knee were the key — and it was the knee that dropped Ronson! Silva piled on with ground n’ pound, as Ronson covered up. The ref gave the Canadian a good chance to recover, but it was over off that second flying knee.

The win snaps a two-fight skid for Silva, who moves to 5-3 inside the octagon.

Official Result: Joaquim Silva def. Jesse Ronson by TKO (flying knee and punches), Round 2, 3:08