Masvidal is a born fighter, showing his skills on the “backyard” scene long before making his way into the Strikeforce (and now UFC) spotlight. He was the first truly tough foe Assuncao faced, though not unbeatable as evident from Assuncao’s successful showing. Their match-up went the distance with Assuncao’s grappling proving to be a bit better than Masvidal’s less-refined attack and earned him the judges' favor.
UFC bantamweight Raphael Assuncao has been a fighter worth watching for nearly a decade despite only being 31 years old. He kicked his career off with nine straight wins with all but one featuring a finish and then strung another six triumphs together after suffering his first defeat. After struggling to find his footing for a few years, Assuncao decided to drop down from featherweight and hasn’t looked back since with a quartet of consecutive victories. If he beats T.J. Dillashaw on Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 29 it will put Assuncao in discussion for a crack at top contendership, marking one more impressive performance in a career featuring a fair share of similarly significant instances of success. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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