Raphael Assuncao

Brazil

Struggles against Cory Sandhagen
BantamweightUFC
August 17, 2019
Assuncao lost to Cory Sandhagen via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Assuncao has been one of the best 135-pounders in the world for a long, long time, but he didn't have it Saturday. Unable to close the distance against his much taller American opponent, Assuncao spent the vast majority of the 15-minute bout being picked apart on the feet at distance. He had a small amount of success in both the clinch and during the ground exchanges between the two men, but Assunaco was never able to put together any noticeable offensive flurries. Now the loser of back-to-back fights, this was a crushing setback for the 37-year-old Brazilian.
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Tabbed for UFC 241 in August
BantamweightUFC
May 22, 2019
Assuncao will face Cory Sandhagen at UFC 241 in Anaheim on August 17, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Assuncao was defeated by Marlon Moraes via a guillotine choke at UFC Fight Night in February, but now has a chance for a rebound performance against Sandhagen. The 36-year-old was riding a four-bout win streak dating back to January 2017 prior to his recent loss.
Submitted in Round 1 in Brazil
BantamweightUFC
February 2, 2019
Assuncao was defeated by Marlon Moraes via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:17 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ on Saturday in Brazil.
ANALYSIS
The first minute of this fight was a feeling out process but that changed with a huge right hand from Moraes. Assuncao was dropped and Moraes jumped on him to try to finish the fight. Assuncao recovered and got to back to his feet but Moraes locked up a standing guillotine and dropped to his back to increase leverage. It forced Assuncao to tap. Assuncao has been chasing a title shot for years and this is the latest setback in his career.
Set to headline UFC Fortaleza
BantamweightUFC
December 2, 2018
Assuncao will take on Marlon Moraes in a bantamweight matchup in the main event of UFC Fortaleza on Feb. 2, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Assuncao has won 11 of his last 12 fights, with his only defeat coming to current bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 200 back in 2016. Included in that run was a split-decision victory over Moraes, where he landed 43 significant strikes compared to 44 to Moraes. Neither was able to complete a takedown in that matchup. While this should be an excellent technical fight with title implications at stake, it's less attractive from a fantasy perspective due to what will likely be low output on both ends.
Continues roll with easy win over Rob Font at UFC 226
BantamweightUFC
July 7, 2018
Assuncao defeated Rob Font via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 226 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's ridiculous how good Assuncao is and it's even more ridiculous that he still receives no publicity. Now sporting an 11-2 record in 13 career fights under the UFC banner, Assuncao's only loss in the last six and a half years came at the hands of current UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw. During that span, the Brazilian has racked up wins over Dillashaw, Aljamain Sterling, Marlon Moraes and others. On Saturday he threw plenty of leg kicks to soften Font up before leaning on his smothering wrestling game in Round 3. Assuncao turns 36 years old later this month, so it's easy to see why he's pushing UFC brass so hard for a title shot. It's difficult to say he doesn't deserve one.
To fight Rob Font at UFC 226
BantamweightUFC
April 12, 2018
Assuncao will face off against Rob Font at UFC 226 on July 7 at T-Mobile arena, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Assuncao (26-5) has won his past three fights and is 10-1 over his past 11. Most recently, he defeated Matthew Lopez via knockout last November. His opponent, Font (15-3) has been victorious in three of his past four fights. Most recently, he won via TKO against Thomas Almeida during UFC 220.