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Rony Mariano Bezerra

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Other names  Jason
Reach  73.0 in (185 cm)
TV shows  The Ultimate Fighter
Division  Featherweight
Number of contests  1
Height  5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Role  Mixed Martial Artist
Nationality  Brazilian
Name  Rony Bezerra

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Born  Rony Mariano Bezerra March 21, 1984 (age 31) Quixada, Ceara, Brazil (1984-03-21)
Weight  145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Teacher  Bruno Gouveia, Bruno Paulo Machado Barbosa
Similar People  Godofredo Pepey, Cezar Ferreira, Daniel Sarafian, Sam Sicilia, Anistavio Gasparzinho
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Rony Mariano Bezerra (born March 21, 1984), often billed as Rony Jason, is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2006, Bezerra was also the Featherweight winner of Globo's The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. His nickname is based on Friday the 13th film character Jason Voorhees; he wears the Voorhees mask on his walk to the Octagon.

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Background

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Born and raised in Brazil, Bezerra began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the age of 16, and was talented, winning various titles. Bezerra has also trained in kickboxing and judo. Bezerra attended law school before dropping out to further pursue a career in professional mixed martial arts.

Early career

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Bezerra made his professional MMA debut in 2006, where he fought Alessandro Cabeca in his professional debut, winning via second round TKO.

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At only 2-0, Bezerra took a fight against another up-and-comer, and future UFC Interim Bantamweight Champion, Renan Barão. The fight was very closely contested and ended in a split decision loss for Bezerra. He won his next fight via submission before suffering his second loss to Joao Paulo Rodrigues de Souza. Bezerra bounced back from the loss with first round submission wins over future UFC fighter, Felipe Arantes and tough journeyman, Felipe Alves.

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On December 5, 2009 at the Platinum Fight Brazil 2 fight card, Bezerra fought future Bellator contender, Genair da Silva. He lost the fight via doctor stoppage after the end of round two. After the loss, Bezerra went on a five fight winning streak, where he claimed multiple titles for several promotions, and was named BloodyElbow.com's 2012 #1 Bantamweight prospect, despite never fighting in the division.

The Ultimate Fighter

In March 2012, it was revealed that Bezerra was selected to be a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Bezerra defeated Dileno Lopes via technical knockout in the first round to move into the Ultimate Fighter house, and become an official cast member.

Bezerra was selected as the first overall pick by Wanderlei Silva, to be a part of Team Wanderlei. In the last quarterfinal fight, Bezerra was selected to fight his close friend and training partner Anistavio Meideiros. Bezerra won the fight via technical submission after applying an armbar to Meideiros, nearly breaking his arm which forced the referee to intervene and stop the fight.

In the semi-final round, Bezerra was matched-up against Hugo Viana from Team Vitor. After three rounds, Bezerra was declared the winner via unanimous decision. The win moved him into the finals set to take place at UFC 147.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Bezerra officially made his UFC debut at UFC 147 on June 23, 2012 against Godofredo Pepey to determine the Featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Bezerra fought Sam Sicilia on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153. After a hard back-and-forth slug fest, Bezerra dropped Sicilia with a big right and finished with hammerfists to earn the second round TKO stoppage. He won Knockout of the Night honors with his performance.

Bezerra next faced The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes fighter Mike Wilkinson on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum. He won the fight via submission in the first round.

Bezerra was expected to face Jeremy Stephens on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29. However, Bezerra pulled out of the bout citing an injury (lumbar hernia). The bout eventually took place on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32. Bezerra lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Bezerra faced Steven Siler on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38. He won the fight via a controversial TKO stoppage in the first round. Siler was initially dropped by two punches from Bezerra. Siler, having his back on the mat, immediately threw an up-kick as soon as Bezerra proceeded to walk toward him. At the very same time the referee stepped in to stop the fight as a conscious Siler was attempting to defend himself.

Bezerra faced Robbie Peralta on May 31, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale. He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.

Bezerra was expected to face Tom Niinimäki on December 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 58. However, Bezerra pulled out of the bout on December 10 and was replaced by promotional newcomer Renato Moicano.

Bezerra faced Damon Jackson on May 30, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 67. He won the fight via triangle choke submission in the first round. The victory also produced a Performance of the Night bonus. On June 18, 2015, it was announced that Bezerra tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, which is a banned diuretic, therefore his submission victory was overturned and he received a nine-month suspension. The UFC rescinded Jason's $50,000 "Performance of the Night" award.

Bezerra faced Dennis Bermudez on August 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 92. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

Bezerra faced Jeremy Kennedy on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106. He lost the bout by unanimous decision.

Mixed martial arts

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Featherweight Tournament Winner
  • Knockout of the Night (One time)
  • Performance of the Night (One time - forfeited)
  • Fastest Submission in UFC Featherweight Division History (1:24)
  • Max Fight
  • MF Featherweight Championship (One time)
  • References

    Rony Mariano Bezerra Wikipedia