Video has surfaced that shows Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra allegedly assaulting a woman in his native Brazil.
The incident reportedly happened at a street party in Bezerra’s hometown of Quixada, Ceara on Saturday evening. The first video released was uploaded to Youtube by Brazilian MMA site Tudo Sobre MMA on Sunday. In the 13-second clip, Bezerra stands above a supine woman, yelling and striking her while she lays on the pavement as multiple bystanders restrain the fighter.
A second video, only three seconds in length, was uploaded to Twitter late by user Arthur Romao and shows Bezerra pointing and shouting at the same woman, who is now face down and appears to be unconscious, her body laying between the legs of a fallen plastic chair.
Bezerra and the UFC have yet to publicly comment on the videos.
The 33-year-old “Jason” won the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” in June 2012, defeating Godofredo “Pepey” Castro at UFC 146 to take the crown. Bezerra started his UFC tenure 3-0, adding stoppage wins over Sam Sicilia and Mike Wilkinson. Since his initial three-fight winning streak in the Octagon, Bezerra has gone 1-4 (1 NC). He last fought in March, dropping a unanimous decision to Jeremy Kennedy at UFC Fight Night 106 in March, in front of his home state crowd in Ceara.
The combustable Brazilian is no stranger to controversy. After his head-kick knockout loss to Jeremy Stephens in November 2013, Bezerra punched a hole in a wall in the backstage area and lacerated his arm, requiring a hospital visit and more than a dozen stitches, as well as earning him a 30-day suspension from the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA).
In May 2015, Bezerra submitted Damon Jackson via first-round triangle choke, only to have his win and $50,000 UFC performance bonus taken away after he tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, resulting in a nine-month suspension.
According to local news outlet Diario de Quixada, the incident has yet to be reported to local authorities and law enforcement.