UFC featherweight Rony Mariano, goes by the nom de guerre of Rony Jason in his fighting career — honoring Jason of the horror movie franchise “Friday the 13th.”
But while the character from the movie just kept coming back for sequel after sequel no matter how many times he seemed to be “killed off” — it was revealed today that the UFC’s Jason may just be fighting a losing battle.
Last month, as reported here at Caged Insider, the Brazilian MMA Commission (CABMMA) announced that Rony Jason had tested positive for (illegal) diuretics for his bout at UFC Fight Night 67. But the Brazilian, who had scored a Performance of the Night bonus for his TKO win, denied any wrongdoing. When he was stripped of the $50,000 bonus and suspended for nine months, he threatened legal action and requested a second sample be tested.
However, that second sample, noted as the “B” sample in a statement by CABMMA, has also come back positive.
A statement by CABMMA was released to MMAFighting.com today:
When the athlete ́s result of sample “A” was communicated by the to CABMMA, the athlete was immediately contacted by phone and documents sent to him by e-mail before the result was informed to the UFC and any official statement sent to the media. Therefore, the athlete was aware of his result and the possibility of testing his sample “B” was clearly informed to him at that occasion.
The appeal analyzed by the Executive Committee basically ensured that (i) the procedure for collection of the sample was done in accordance with the required standards, and (ii) Mr. Rony Mariano ́s sample “B” urine went through the correct process of testing with the presence of the athlete ́s legal representative.
The UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory (WADA Accredited Lab) analyzed sample “B”, as per request of the athlete, and the result once again was ADVERSE for diuretic hydrochlorothiazide.
Based on the above, the nine-month suspension is maintained, counting as from 30/05/2015.
So, it seems like the suspension will stick. If Jason is to come back — it won’t be until November.