Former The Ultimate Fighter: "Brazil" (TUF) Featherweight tournament winner Rony Jason tested positive for a banned diuretic, hydrochlorothiazide, following his first-round submission victory over fellow grappler Damon Jackson at UFC Fight Night 67 in May.
The victory, which was the 31-year-old's third of his UFC career, was subsequently overturned following a failed drug test. Jason was slapped with a nine-month suspension from the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) in the process.
Jason, however, has plans to fight for the dismissal of that test with his legal team. And if it comes down to it, sue the CABMMA.
"CABMMA informed me that the sample B will be tested on July 15," Jason told MMAFighting.com. "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."
Throughout an MMA career that has spanned 20 total fights, spread across nine years' time, this is the first (allegedly) positive drug test of the accomplished Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt's combat sports career. Jason attributes the false positive to have been caused by an anti-inflammatory he was taking to fix an ankle injury.
"I was taking an anti-inflammatory, and it was really strong," said Jason. "I have my lawyer, my doctor and my coaches taking care of this for me."
In the case he is proven guilty, Jason will continue to serve the length of his suspension until March 2016 and his UFC record will drop to 4-2 with one "No Contest."