Raphael Assuncao


Tabbed for UFC 241 in August
May 22, 2019
Assuncao will face Cory Sandhagen at UFC 241 in Anaheim on August 17, MMAFighting.com reports.
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.
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Submitted in Round 1 in Brazil
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.
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
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.
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
July 7, 2018
Assuncao defeated Rob Font via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 226 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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
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.
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.
Receives 180-day medical suspension
November 14, 2017
Assuncao was given a 180-day medical suspension by the Virginia Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation following his UFC Fight Night victory over Matthew Lopez on Saturday, MMAFighting.com reports.
Assuncao put on a great fight and came away with a KO (punch) win over Lopez. He beat back an overpowered Lopez throughout the bout until he landed a shot along the fence in Round 3 that leveled his opponent. The impressive win has gained him some skin in the bantamweight division and also landed him a break for 180 days for a possible right ankle injury. The medical suspension can end sooner if Assuncao is cleared by a physician. Other fighters with similar situations include Nate Marquardt, John Dodson and Nina Ansaroff.