Rony Mariano Bezerra
|Rony Mariano Bezerra|
|Born||Rony Mariano Bezerra
March 21, 1984
Quixadá, Ceará, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing|
|Fighting out of||Quixadá, Ceará, Brazil|
|Teacher(s)||Bruno Gouvea, João Paulo Marques, Bruno Machado|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
black belt in Kickboxing
orange belt in Judo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Rony Mariano Bezerra (born March 21, 1984), professionally known as Rony Jason, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2006, Jason made a name for himself fighting all over his home country of Brazil. He was the featherweight winner of Globo's The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
Bezerra began training in martial arts at sixteen years old because he was a self-proclaimed "brat" and he had a love for martial arts. Rony trained for several years before taking his first fight in 2006, where he fought Alessandro Cabeca in his professional debut, winning via second round TKO.
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.
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 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.
Championships and awards
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Featherweight Tournament Winner
- Knockout of the Night (One time)
- Fastest Submission in UFC Featherweight Division History (1:24)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||13 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||13–4||Jeremy Stephens||KO (head kick)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson||November 9, 2013||1||0:40||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Win||13–3||Mike Wilkinson||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum||June 8, 2013||1||1:24||Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil|
|Win||12–3||Sam Sicilia||TKO (punches)||UFC 153||October 13, 2012||2||4:16||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||11–3||Godofredo Castro||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 147||June 23, 2012||3||5:00||Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil||Won The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil|
|Win||10–3||Reginaldo Vieira||Submission (armbar)||Max Fight 10||November 10, 2011||1||1:25||São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil||Won Max Fight Featherweight title.|
|Win||9–3||Anderson de Deus||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||High Fight Rock 1||September 17, 2011||1||3:12||Goiania, Brazil|
|Win||8–3||Marlon Medeiros||Submission (triangle choke)||Max Fight 9||July 16, 2011||1||3:14||Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||7–3||Diego Ribeiro||TKO (punches)||Face to Face 4||April 23, 2011||1||0:43||Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Brazil|
|Win||6–3||Jurandir Sardinha||Submission (triangle choke)||Win Fight & Entertainment 8||December 15, 2010||1||1:15||Salvador, Bahia, Brazil|
|Loss||5–3||Genair da Silva||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Platinum Fight Brazil 2||December 5, 2009||2||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||5–2||Felipe Alves||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Hawk Fight Championship||October 10, 2009||1||0:38||Rio Negrinho, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Win||4–2||Felipe Arantes||Submission (triangle choke)||Samurai Fight Combat||September 12, 2009||1||4:53||Curitiba, Parana, Brazil|
|Loss||3–2||João Paulo Rodrigues de Souza||Submission (stomp to the body)||Platinum Fight Brazil 1||August 13, 2009||2||2:30||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Win||3–1||Renan Falcon||Submission (armbar)||Leal Combat MMA||September 4, 2007||1||N/A||Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Loss||2–1||Renan Barão||Decision (split)||Cage Fight Nordeste||November 9, 2006||3||5:00||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Fernando Gardner||KO (stomp)||Hikari Fight||November 8, 2007||1||N/A||Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Alessandro Cabeca||TKO (punches)||Nordeste Mega Fight Vale Tudo 2||May 4, 2006||2||4:15||Mossoró, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil|
- "Rony Jason TUF Profile". UFC.com. April 1, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- "Rony Jason Sherdog FightFinder". Sherdog.com. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- "2012 World MMA Bantamweight Scouting Report: #1 - Rony 'Jason' Mariano". Bloodyelbow.com. December 23, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- "Rony 'Jason' Mariano Bezerra meets Sam Sicilia at UFC 153". mmajunkie.com. July 25, 2012.
- Staff (2013-08-08). "Jeremy Stephens vs. Rony Jason Agreed to for Unannounced UFC Fight Night in Brazil". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
- Staff (2013-09-15). "Rony Jason pulled from UFC Fight Night 29 card against Jeremy Stephens". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
- Staff (2013-09-25). "Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Stephens rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 32 in November". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-25.