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A Look at T.J. Dillashaw’s Strange First Title Defense

It was getting annoying as the UFC hype machine talked up Joe Soto. We were reminded over and over that he was a brown belt in jiu-jitsu. That made him a dangerous grappler for TJ Dillashaw to face. Despite the fact that Renan Barao is a black belt himself and is actually a better MMA wrestler than Soto. It would have been nice if they had pointed out that Soto’s movement would...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Raphael Assuncao vs. Bryan Caraway, Kailin Curran vs. Paige Vanzant Added to UFC Fight Night Halifax

Well, it’s not the bantamweight title tilt Raphael Assuncao was hoping for, but at least he’s staying active against someone in the top 10. On Wednesday, it was announced Assuncao will battle Bryan Caraway at UFC Fight Night Halifax. A strawweight scrap between Kailin Curran and Paige Vanzant was also added to the October 4 roster. Assuncao will be riding a six-fight winning...
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao vs TJ Dillashaw To Main Event UFC 173

It was announced earlier in the week that UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s main event fight against Lyoto Machida at UFC 173 was getting moved to UFC 175 in July. The movement was due to the fact that Weidman was having minor surgery on both of his knees. We now have a new main event for UFC 173. It was first reported by that Renan Barao will defend his UFC...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Raphael Assuncao vs Francisco Rivera latest bout added to UFC 170

Following two straight knockouts in the UFC, Francisco Rivera will get a chance to prove if he's a top ten fighter or not as he takes on No. 4 ranked bantamweight Raphael Assuncao at UFC 170 in February. UFC officials announced the fight on Wednesday. Rivera (10-2, 1 NC)was cut from the UFC after a 2011 loss to Reuben Duran at The Ultimate Fighter 13 finale, but just two fights...
Via Fox Sports
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Francisco Rivera vs Raphael Assuncao in the works for February

According to sources close to both fighters, a bantamweight scrap is in the works for February between Francisco Rivera and Raphael Assuncao. Both sides are awaiting the contracts and it is unclear whether it will be at UFC 169 on Feb. 1 in New Jersey or more likely two weeks later at the UFC Fight Night card featuring Lyoto Machida against Gegard Mousasi in Southern Brazil. Rivera...
Via MMAinterviews
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Assuncao extends winning streak to five

Raphael Assuncao might be wondering why he didn't move to bantamweight sooner. Wednesday night in the UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields main card opener, the Alpharetta, Georgia resident originally from Recife, Brazil collected his fifth consecutive victory in the 135-pound weight class, edging out Team Alpha Male representative T.J. Dillashaw in a back-and-forth battle that...
Via Fox Sports
October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Assuncao gets nod over Dillashaw

There was a lot of talk heading into UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields about bantamweight prospect TJ Dillashaw, who carried the weight of a 14 fight win streak for his camp at Team Alpha Male into the Octagon on Wednesday night, but veteran competitor Raphael Assuncao had other ideas about letting them see No. 15. A former lightweight and featherweight contender, Assuncao has seen...
Via Fox Sports
October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

UFC on FUEL TV 10: ‘Nogueira vs Werdum 2′ fight results for ‘Prelims’ on Facebook

Before the UFC on FUEL TV 10: "Nogueira vs. Werdum 2" main card kicked off on FUEL TV this evening (Sat., June 8, 2013) from Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil, an entire six-bout "Prelims" under card was broadcast worldwide on Facebook. In the "Prelims" card headliner on Facebook, No. 6 ranked bantamweight Raphael Assuncao dominated...
Via Juiced Sports Blog
June 08, 2013  |  Discuss

UFC On FUEL 10: Prelim Predictions

Raphael Assuncao (18-4) vs. Vaughan Lee (13-8-1) An international bantamweight showdown tops the Facebook prelims as Brazil's own Assuncao takes on the Briitsh prospect Lee. Assuncao, 30, is coming off his biggest career victory -- a unanimous decision over Mike Easton this past December. Unbeaten in his past three appearances, the BJJ black belt and Ascension Mixed Martial...
Via Fox Sports
June 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Raphael Assuncao Posts X-Ray of Broken Right Arm

How much of a savage is Raphael Assuncao? The bantamweight fought for over 10 minutes with a broken right arm in Saturday’s decision win over Mike Easton. Oh, and that’s not even the half of it. Assuncao mistook his cracked limb for a muscle spasm. Yeah, because they’re the same… “Broke my arm in the first round ! Thought it was a muscle spasm at first but was broke...
December 09, 2012  |  Discuss
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