After a highly disappointing effort before a partisan Brazilian crowd in his last UFC appearance, Rony Jason was able to get his redemption at Fight Night 38. Jason finished Steven Siler in just 77 seconds, thanks to some powerful strikes and what appeared to be a premature stoppage from the referee.
Siler, who was also looking to rebound from a loss, opened up with some leg kicks to start the proceedings but ended up being caught in an exchange by a huge right hand to the temple and a follow-up left hook. Siler, while no doubt rocked, was looking to defend himself at the time the contest was halted. He actually attempted an up-kick to his opponent as the bout was being called off.
Jason made amends for a prior 40-second knockout loss to the dangerous Jeremy Stephens at Fight Night 32 and now sports a 4-1 Octagon record. He has an impressive 13 finishes in his 14 career victories. The former TUF Brazil winner has a highly aggressive style and should be in line for some interesting matchups in the 145-pound division moving forward. He’s still a work in progress but always comes to fight and put on an entertaining show.
As for Siler, it was a tough way to endure a second straight setback but hopefully the controversial nature of the stoppage won’t diminish his stock in a major way. He’s now 5-3 in his UFC career but continued a troubling trend of being a little too easy to hit for his own good.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports