It appears a 1-1 record in his stint since returning to the UFC was not enough to keep submission-savvy featherweight Junior Assuncao on the organization’s roster, as the 30-year old went on Twitter earlier today to reveal he’d been released as a result of his decision loss at UFC 141 to Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson. Assuncao outpointed Eddie Yagin in his previous bout and had won six straight outside of the Octagon prior to that performance.
“I just got cut from the UFC!! Wow…apparently they did not like my last fight,” wrote a shocked and apologetic Assuncao on Twitter. “Thanks (UFC) for the opportunity. To my fans, I’ll be back. Thanks for the support!”
However, his response to the news didn’t stop there as his newfound free agency began to sink in.
“The boss himself told me the fight was good, got a performance (bonus), was in a good win streak before that last fight…I don’t understand,” Assuncao posted. “Can someone help me understand? Gotta suck it up and improve.”
For the record, no bonus was announced for Assuncao after the fight though the UFC is also known for handing out money backstage that isn’t necessarily disclosed to the public.
Assuncao holds an overall record of 13-5 and had previously gone 1-2 in the UFC as a lightweight before dipping down to 145 pounds in his most recent run. Nine of his wins have involved some form of stoppage including those over David Lee and Dustin Hazelett.
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