While the victory itself wasn’t exactly awe inspiring, few triumphs have been as crucial to Assuncao’s career as the one he picked up against Davis at one of WEC’s final shows. Assuncao entered the bout on a two-fight skid, falling to Urijah Faber and Diego Nunes respectively. Chances are he never would have received an offer to fight in the UFC if he’d lost to Davis. It also afforded him the ability to lose to Erik Koch in his Octagon debut before making the dip down to 135 pounds where he’s looked sharper than ever.
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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