Now we know why Rony Jason always wears his mask into the ring: it’s to keep you from seeing him weeping like a little girly. Unfortunately, the UFC’s draconian No Fun Policy struck again and Rony wasn’t allowed to wear it at UFC 147. Someone even reached over and pulled it off his face when he tried to sneak it on! Jason talks about the mojo-sapping incident:
“Today was the happiest day of my life, but it was also the saddest,” he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I’ve carried with me this Jason mask since my first fight. And for the first time, in my dream – which was to fight in the UFC – I wasn’t allowed to walk in with the mask.
“So I became a bit sad. I even lost some of the focus for my fight. But thanks to God, I had excellent cornermen: Patricio (Freire), Bruno Machado and Everaldo (Penco). They brought me to reality. Jason is not in the mask. He’s inside of me. So I apologize if my fight wasn’t pleasant. I promise that the next ones will be.”
Count Dana White amongst those who thought it was unpleasant. After the event he had this to say:
“I didn’t like it at all. … These guys were running around signing autographs all day. I think they got a little caught up in the hype. Guess what? You’re not in the UFC yet. Come out and perform. If you look at The Ultimate Fighter in the U.S. every season, usually the finale is the best fight of the season. These guys come out and they go for it. I think because the arena was packed and these guys felt like rockstars all week, they were coming out singing and dancing and s— like they already had world titles.”
I dunno, maybe – just maybe – the UFC shouldn’t mess with a dude’s pre-fight ritual or put them on trial for looking too happy on their way into the fight of their lives?