Police waiting to hear from UFC vet Rony Jason after alleged assault of woman caught on tape
Brazilian police are expecting to hear from Rony Jason after videos of what appears to be the UFC featherweight allegedly assaulting a woman started circulating online.
According to a report from Brazilian news outlet G1.com, the woman shown in the videos is Jason’s sister. The outlet spoke to the chief of the local Women’s Protection Police Precinct, Janaina Siebra, who said police have seen the images and are taking “appropriate measures. However, to not disrupt the investigations, she didn’t say what those measures are.
The alleged assault took place in the city of Quixada this past Saturday after a party. Two videos of the Oct. 7 incident have surfaced since. The first, which is 13 seconds long, shows what appears to be Jason having to be pulled away by bystanders after striking the downed woman. The second one lasts three seconds and shows him pointing and yelling at her (via Twitter):
Rony jason agredindo uma mulher em festa cidade de Quixadá CE. pic.twitter.com/qmAzi6HmcX
— Arthur Romão ⓟ (@arthuromao) October 8, 2017
Siebra said the alleged assault is being looked into as intentional bodily harm under Brazil’s “Maria da Penha” law, designed to protect victims of domestic and family abuse. The alleged victim, the report says, so far hasn’t pressed charges. But, in this case, that doesn’t stop investigations from going forward.
“We were made aware (of it) through social media, and we’ve notified the victim,” Siebra said. “Since it’s a public action, the investigation doesn’t depend on the victim’s will. She didn’t reach out to the precinct. The precinct reached out to the victim to investigate the fact.”
The police did not say if they’d located Jason, but did say he’s expected to give a statement “soon.” The report also said there was no information about his sister’s health conditions.
After becoming the 145-pound winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” Jason has fought another eight times under the UFC banner. His octagon run, however, hasn’t exactly been smooth. Other than a nine-month suspension after testing positive for a diuretic after a UFC Fight Night 67 encounter with Damon Jackson, Jason was also suspended for 30 days due to a backstage outburst after a knockout loss to Jeremy Stephens.
Although Jason submitted Jackson, the result was overturned. That means Jason hasn’t had an official win since March 2014, when he knocked out Steven Siler. He’s currently on a two-fight skid after dropping unanimous decisions to Dennis Bermudez and Jeremy Kennedy.
UFC officials did not respond to an MMAjunkie request for comment.
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