UFC’s Rony Jason failed a drug test stemming from his May 30 win at UFC Fight Night 67. He was hopeful that a retest would clear him and would come back clean. He was wrong.
The Brazilian Athletic Commission MMA, released a statement on the matter and revealed that the ‘B’ sample which was tested afterwards also came up positive for hydrochlorothiazide.
Check out the statement:
First, it is important to state that CABMMA is an independent entity dedicated to the development and regulation of MMA in Brazil. The UFC voluntarily submits itself to the rules and regulations adopted by the entity and so did Mr. Rony Mariano, through his affiliation prior to the event. It must be clarified that the entity follows the parameters set by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Likewise, it must be stressed that the determination of the suspension is based on precedents involving such entity.
When the athlete ́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.
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 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.
Based on the above, the nine-month suspension is maintained, counting as from 30/05/2015.
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