Rony Jason (pictured) is a lucky and unlucky man, all at the same time. On Tuesday, it was announced the UFC featherweight was issued a nine-month suspension for testing positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a banned diuretic, following his May 30 victory at UFC Fight Night 67.
The Brazilian Athletic Commission MMA (CABMMA), the governing body who oversaw the event inside Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil, announced the ban. All athletes on the card were tested for performance-enhancing drugs, masking agents and recreational drugs at the event.
Jason was the only one who produced a positive read.
Jason’s win over Damon Jackson, which was good enough to score him a “Performance of the Night” bonus, will be overturned to a no contest. Speaking of the $50,000 POTN check, the UFC will rescind that payment because they require every bonus winner to pass their post-fight drug test before issuing payment.
The UFC will also withhold Jason’s undisclosed win bonus, as well.
The UFC has yet to address Jason’s flunked exam.
So, why is Jason lucky, you ask? Because his failed test came before the UFC’s newly revamped and far more stringent drug testing policy kicks in. Jason would have been suspended by the UFC for two years had this taken place on July 1.