It appears Rony Jason’s plans to sue the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission have taken a major blow, as his B sample produced the same positive result as his A sample.
Jason’s initial victory over Damon Jackson was changed to a no contest and he was suspended for nine months after his UFC Fight Night 67 post-fight drug test from May 30 returned a positive result for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic.
According to drugs.com, “hydrochlorothiazide treats fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis of the liver, or kidney disorders, or edema caused by taking steroids or estrogen.”
Jason later proclaimed his innocence to MMAFighting.com and threatened to sue CABMMA once he proved the faulty test result.
“CABMMA informed me that the sample B will be tested on July 15,” Jason said. “My lawyer is going to Las Vegas to follow the entire procedure. I’m doing everything I can to revert this result. After we revert the result, we will sue CABMMA for (moral and material) damages.”
It doesn’t appear that lawsuit will be moving forward after CABMMA released a statement on Tuesday indicating that the B sample result confirmed the A sample result.
“When (Jason’s) result of sample ‘A’ was communicated by the laboratory 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,” said CABMMA’s chief operating officer Cristiano Sampaio.
“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 (Rony Jason) 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.”
So, as far as CABMMA is concerned, the result has been verified and Jason’s sanctions stand.
“Based on the above, the nine-month suspension is maintained, counting as from May 30, 2015.”
There has been no further word from Jason or his camp on whether or not he plans to contest the result any further.