Assuncao’s last win came via submission in June against Vaughan Lee. While Lee is a fairly skilled scrapper, in his previous pairing he faced Easton, a heavy-handed wrestler looking like a future title-contender when he collided with Assuncao. “The Hulk” was on an eight-fight winning streak at the time including a 3-0 mark in the Octagon. Assuncao quickly put an end to the hype, looking sharp in every facet of the fight en route to a Unanimous Decision nod.
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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