Rony Mariano Bezerra

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Rony Mariano Bezerra
Born Rony Mariano Bezerra
(1984-03-21) March 21, 1984 (age 31)
Quixadá, Ceará, Brazil
Other names Jason
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Quixadá, Ceará, Brazil
Team Pitbull Brothers
Team Nogueira
Fortaleza EC
Teacher(s) Bruno Gouvea, João Paulo Marques, Bruno Machado
Rank      Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
     Black belt in Tae Kwon Do
     Orange belt in Judo
Years active 2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 14
By knockout 5
By submission 8
By decision 1
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 2
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.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Bezerra began training in martial arts at the age of 16 because he was a self-proclaimed "brat" and he had a love for martial arts.[2] 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.[3]

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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[3] After the loss, Bezerra went on a five fight winning streak, where he claimed multiple titles for several promotions,[2] and was named's 2012 #1 Bantamweight prospect, despite never fighting in the division.[4]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

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[edit]

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.[5] 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 triangle submission in the first round.

Bezerra was expected to face Jeremy Stephens on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29.[6] However, Bezerra pulled out of the bout citing an injury (lumbar hernia).[7] The bout eventually took place on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.[8] Bezerra lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[9]

Bezerra faced Steven Siler on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38.[10] 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.[11]

Bezerra faced Robbie Peralta on May 31, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale.[12] 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.[13] However, Jason pulled out of the bout on December 10 and was replaced by promotional newcomer Renato Carneiro.[14]

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–5 Robbie Peralta Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale: Miocic vs. Maldonado May 31, 2014 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 14–4 Steven Siler TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 March 23, 2014 1 1:17 Natal, Brazil
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, Brazil
Win 12–3 Sam Sicilia TKO (punches) UFC 153 October 13, 2012 2 4:16 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Knockout of the Night.
Win 11–3 Godofredo Pepey Decision (unanimous) UFC 147 June 23, 2012 3 5:00 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Won The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil
Win 10–3 Reginaldo Vieira Submission (armbar) Max Fight 10 November 10, 2011 1 1:25 São Paulo, Brazil Won Max Fight Featherweight Championship.
Win 9–3 Anderson de Deus Submission (arm-triangle choke) High Fight Rock 1 September 17, 2011 1 3:12 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 8–3 Marlon Medeiros Submission (triangle choke) Max Fight 9 July 16, 2011 1 3:14 Campinas, 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, 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, Brazil
Win 4–2 Felipe Arantes Submission (triangle choke) Samurai Fight Combat September 12, 2009 1 4:53 Curitiba, Brazil
Loss 3–2 João Paulo Rodrigues Submission (stomp) Platinum Fight Brazil 1 August 13, 2009 2 2:30 Natal, Brazil
Win 3–1 Renan Falcon Submission (armbar) Leal Combat MMA September 4, 2007 1 N/A Mossoró, Brazil
Loss 2–1 Renan Barão Decision (split) Cage Fight Nordeste November 9, 2006 3 5:00 Natal, Brazil
Win 2–0 Fernando Gardner KO (stomp) Hikari Fight November 8, 2006 1 N/A Natal, Brazil
Win 1–0 Alessandro Cabeca TKO (punches) Nordeste Mega Fight Vale Tudo 2 May 4, 2006 2 4:15 Mossoró, Brazil

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3-0 Hugo Viana Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil June 17, 2012 (airdate) 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Semifinal round.
Win 2-0 Anistavio Medeiros Submission (armbar) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil May 6, 2012 (airdate) 1 0:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Preliminary round.
Win 1-0 Dileno Lopes TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil March 25, 2012 (airdate) 1 0:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Elimination round.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Miocic vs. Maldonado". Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Rony Jason TUF Profile". April 1, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Rony Jason Sherdog FightFinder". Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2012 World MMA Bantamweight Scouting Report: #1 - Rony 'Jason' Mariano". December 23, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rony 'Jason' Mariano Bezerra meets Sam Sicilia at UFC 153". July 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ Staff (2013-08-08). "Jeremy Stephens vs. Rony Jason Agreed to for Unannounced UFC Fight Night in Brazil". Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  7. ^ Staff (2013-09-15). "Rony Jason pulled from UFC Fight Night 29 card against Jeremy Stephens". Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  8. ^ Staff (2013-09-25). "Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Stephens rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 32 in November". Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  9. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2013-11-09). "UFC Fight Night 32 results: Jeremy Stephens demolishes Rony Jason". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  10. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-01-21). "Rony Jason vs. Steven Siler added to UFC Fight Night card in Brazil". Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  11. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-03-23). "Rony Jason gets quick stoppage of protesting Steven Siler". Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  12. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-04-07). "Rony Jason gets quick turnaround, fights Robbie Peralta at TUF: Brazil 3 Finale". Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  13. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-11-04). "UFC Fight Night 58 card complete with addition of Rony Jason vs. Tom Niinimaki". 
  14. ^ Staff (2014-12-10). "Rony Jason out, Tom Niinimaki meets Renato Carneiro at UFC Fight Night 58". Retrieved 2014-12-10. 

External links[edit]

Rony Mariano Bezerra on Twitter