Raphael Assuncao

Brazil

Set to return in December
BantamweightUFC
September 17, 2021
Assuncao (undisclosed) will return to face Ricky Simon at a UFC event on Dec. 18, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Assuncao was set to face Kyler Phillips on July 24 but had to withdraw just under a month in advance for undisclosed reasons. The 39-year-old has pulled out of his last two fights and last appeared in the Octagon June 6 when he lost to Cody Garbrandt via TKO (punches). He's dropped his last three bouts and will hope to turn things around in a few months when he returns.
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Out of Phillips fight in July
BantamweightUFC
June 27, 2021
Assuncao will no longer be facing Kyler Phillips at the UFC event scheduled for July 24, Marcelo Barone of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear what ultimately led to Assuncao's withdrawal, but the UFC has wasted little time in finding a replacement for the bantamweight matchup. In his stead, Raulian Paiva will step in to face Phillips.
Books fight with Kyler Phillips
BantamweightUFC
April 27, 2021
Assuncao (27-8-0) is scheduled to face Kyler Phillips (9-1-0) in a bantamweight fight at the UFC's July 24 event, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Assuncao previously withdrew from a matchup with Raoni Barcelos in February due to an unspecified reason, but the 38-year-old is apparently healthy and prepared to return to the Octagon this summer. He'll be looking to snap a three-fight losing streak, with his most recent loss coming in particular brutal fashion last June at UFC 250 in Las Vegas, where Cody Garbrandt knocked him out in the second round.
Pulls out of upcoming fight
BantamweightUFC
February 2, 2021
Assuncao withdrew from his scheduled Feb. 27 fight against Raoni Barcelos for undisclosed reasons Tuesday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
With the nature of Assuncao's absence unclear, it's difficult to say when he'll next get the chance to fight. There's presumably still time for a new opponent to be found for Barcelos, though none has been announced yet.
Next fight on tap
BantamweightUFC
December 18, 2020
Assuncao will face Raoni Barcelos (suspension) in a bantamweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Feb. 27, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Assuncao will get a chance to bounce back in late February after he lost to Cody Garbrandt via KO (punch) at UFC 250 on Saturday. Barcelos was forced to withdraw from his most recent fight due to issues stemming from a suspension, and he most recently defeated Khalid Taha via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN+ 40. Barcelos has an advantage in height, but Assuncao carries an edge in reach.
Hammered by Cody Garbrandt
BantamweightUFC
June 6, 2020
Assuncao lost to Cody Garbrandt via KO (punch) at 4:59 of Round 2 at UFC 250 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
That will do it in terms of Assuncao potentially being a contender at 135 pounds. The Brazilian wasn't the least bit competitive against a younger, faster, more powerful opponent. Assuncao had all sorts of difficulty closing the gap and generating offense. His defense wasn't much better. This was just the second time in Assuncao's 16-plus-year career that he has been knocked out. The first came against Erik Koch way back at UFC 128 in March 2011. Assuncao -- who turns 38 years old next month -- is at a career crossroads. The UFC will have to be extremely careful about who they match him up against moving forward.