After getting knocked out by Jeremy Stephens in his native Brazil Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 32 and suffering his first loss in the organization, featherweight Rony Jason did even more damage to himself backstage. According to MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz, Jason punched himself in the face repeatedly and smashed a door with his elbow after his fight backstage, requiring a total of 22 stitches to his arm and head.
"I needed 15 stitches in my elbow and seven over my eye," the fighter explained.
"I punched my head twice after the fight, I was so angry. But that’s nothing compared to my loss. I’m devastated.
"I hurt my elbow, but I’m okay... I was crying, angry with my loss, and I landed my elbow on the door. It’s hurt, but didn’t break any bones. I was just devastated at that moment.
"I’ve trained for a long time for this fight. I was undefeated for four years. Unfortunately, this is an individual sport and I have to deal with it."
The incident serves as an unfortunate reminder to fans of how hard fighters can take losses, especially ones where they've suffered brain trauma. Jason walked into a kick and that was his night.
Of course, he has nothing to be ashamed of by simply losing but that doesn't ease the frustration. The let down of Jason training for years and months for such a moment only to have it end quickly and not in your favor is the brutal mirror reflection of Stephens' own joy at being able to win his second straight fight, and in impressive fashion.
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