June 24, 1981 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
|Fighting out of||Roswell, GA|
|Team||Ascension MMA (also called (the) Hardcore Gym)|
black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsublack rope in Capoeira
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Originally from Northeastern Brazil, Junior grew up in Miami, and now resides in Atlanta. He is also the older brother of Raphael Assunção and Freddy Assunção who also fight as mixed martial artists.
Mixed martial arts career
Junior's martial arts foundation is in Capoeira, a Brazilian fight system characterized by acrobatic sweeps, kicks, and head butts that rely heavily on core strength. Having trained under Mestre Delei for 12 years, Junior credits his success in the combat sports to this discipline. As an instructor, Junior incorporates many techniques from Capoeira, such as agility, balance, and practical strength. He also has coached at Combat Sports Center in Richmond, VA.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Assunção originally debuted for the UFC in 2006. He went 1-2 in the promotion and was released following a loss to Nate Diaz in 2007. Following his release, he amassed a 7-1 record which included a KO victory over IFL veteran Mark Miller.
In 2011, Assunção re-signed with the promotion. He faced promotional newcomer Eddie Yagin in a featherweight bout on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135. Assunção went on to win the fight by unanimous decision.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|19 matches||14 wins||5 losses|
|Win||14-5||Guilherme Faria de Souza||Submission (kimura)||Premium Fight Championship 2||September 13, 2013||4||2:05||Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Loss||13-5||Ross Pearson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 141||December 30, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13-4||Eddie Yagin||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 135||September 24, 2011||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||12-4||Wesley Murch||Submission (rear naked choke)||Recife FC 4||March 31, 2011||1||5:00||Recife, Brazil|
|Win||11-4||Mark Miller||KO (punch)||Recife FC 3||December 3, 2010||1||4:03||Recife, Brazil|
|Win||10-4||John Mahlow||Submission (guillotine choke)||XFC 10: Night of Champions||March 19, 2010||1||4:02||Florida, United States||Won vacant XFC Lightweight Title|
|Win||9-4||Pete Grimes||Decision (split)||ShineFights 2||September 4, 2009||3||5:00||Florida, United States|
|Win||8-4||Kamrin Naville||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC - Invincible||March 27, 2009||3||3:00||Georgia, United States|
|Win||7-4||Kalvin Hackney||Decision (unanimous)||Wild Bill's Full Throttle||Nov 8, 2008||3||5:00||Georgia, United States|
|Loss||6-4||Torrance Taylor||Decision (unanimous)||AFL - Bulletproof||May 30, 2008||3||5:00||Georgia, United States|
|Win||6-3||Steve Sharp||Submission (guillotine choke)||AFL: Erupption||March 7, 2008||3||4:26||Kentucky, United States|
|Loss||5-3||Nate Diaz||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night 11||September 19, 2007||1||4:10||Nevada, United States|
|Win||5-2||David Lee||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 70||April 21, 2007||2||1:55||Manchester, England|
|Loss||4-2||Kurt Pellegrino||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 64||October 14, 2006||1||2:04||Nevada, United States|
|Win||4-1||Scott Hope||TKO (punches)||ISCF - Knuckle Up 4||April 28, 2006||1||1:43||Georgia, United States|
|Win||3-1||Dustin Hazelett||TKO (punches)||FT 3 - Full Throttle 3||July 15, 2005||1||4:27||Georgia, United States|
|Win||2-1||Danny Payne||Submission (rear naked choke)||FT 2 - Full Throttle 2||June 3, 2005||1||0:50||Georgia, United States|
|Win||1-1||Will Bradford||Submission (guillotine choke)||ISCF - Compound Fracture 2||February 4, 2005||1||1:55||Georgia, United States|
|Loss||0-1||Andrew Chappelle||Decision (unanimous)||ISCF - Fight Party||April 23, 2004||3||3:00||Georgia, United States|
- Stupp, Dann. "UFC 135 preliminary-card results: Ferguson breaks Riley's jaw, Boetsch cruises". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- "Twitter Exchange Helps Make Junior Assuncao vs. Ross Pearson at UFC 141". mmaweekly.com. October 31, 2011.
- Dana Becker (January 23, 2012). "UFC Cuts Junior Assuncao After Loss To Ross Pearson". fightline.com.