Rony Jason Says His Post-Fight Night 32 Outburst Was a Lapse in Judgment
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.21.2014
He destroyed a wall...
Rony Jason recently spoke about his outburst backstage following his loss to Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 32. The incident saw him punch through a wall, after which he was suspended by the Brazillian fighting commission for 30 days for anti-sportsmanship conduct. Check out the highlights:
On his backstage blow-up following his loss to Stephens: "It was my first time to suffer a loss like that. I felt emasculated. Plus Brazilian fans easily count you out, unlike fans in America who are more loyal. I felt great before that fight, and I expected it to launch me into the top 15 or even top 10."
On learning from the experience: "I dreamed I would retire undefeated from the UFC, but that didn't happen. And my unsportsmanlike conduct, elbowing through that door backstage, it was a lapse of judgement on my part. I was upset because I come from a small town, Quixada, state of Ceara. When I fight, the entire town stops to watch me. And I knew that I made them all very sad. Those feelings overwhelmed me, and I think that's why I did what I did. It was an isolated act, and it won't happen again."
On fans giving him a hard time over it: "People who follow me understand that's how Rony is. That's the Rony that doesn't enjoy losing, who was unhappy for not having done a good job. That's how I am. I usually train with some of the best talent in the world. I give my all. I struggle to make weight. I struggle to find endorsements. I have two children. I have my own expenses. I help my family out. So that's the Rony who doesn't want to lose. I want to be world champion. I will be world champion. When I lost, I knew I slipped several steps back. And Brazilian fans are cruel when you are down. I knew I'd hear about it. I still hear about it."
On improving from the fight: "I think I learned many good things from my loss. I was becoming very passive. People who have followed my career for some time know how aggressive I can be. That's why most of my victories came in the first round. It's hard to change things when you're winning. I was undefeated for almost five years, so I was used to winning. Chatting with someone, eating popcorn or watching a movie – that's the same (way I was) fighting Jeremy Stephens. I was very relaxed, too relaxed. That's a sin I will no longer commit...Now, you can expect me to always show up with a fire within me. You won't see me trying to patiently apply my technique. I'm going in to finish my opponents before the final bell."