Raphael Assunção

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Raphael Assunção
Raphael-Assuncao UFC.jpg
Born (1982-07-19) July 19, 1982 (age 32)
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 5.5 in (1.66 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Featherweight (2004-2011)
Bantamweight (2011-present)
Reach 67.5 in (171 cm)
Fighting out of Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Team Ascension Mixed Martial Arts
Rank      Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2004-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 22
By knockout 3
By submission 10
By decision 9
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 2
Notable relatives Junior Assunção, brother
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 6, 2013

Raphael O. Assunção[1] (born July 19, 1982) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of March 10, 2014, he is #3 in official UFC Bantamweight rankings[2] and ranked the #5 Bantamweight in the world by Sherdog.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Assunção joined the WEC in 2009, with a 12-1 professional record. He made his promotional debut on April 5, 2009 at WEC 40, defeating Jameel Massouh via unanimous decision.

He followed this up with a win against Yves Jabouin on September 2, 2009 at WEC 43, which he won by split decision.[4]

Assunção was defeated by Urijah Faber via third-round submission on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46.[5]

Assunção then faced Diego Nunes on June 20, 2010 at WEC 49.[6] He lost the fight via split decision.

Assunção defeated LC Davis via unanimous decision on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championshipa. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[8]

Assunção was expected to face Manvel Gamburyan on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128,[9] but Gamburyan was forced out of the bout with a back injury[10] and replaced by Erik Koch.[11] He lost the fight via KO in the first round.

Assunção next faced UFC newcomer Johnny Eduardo on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision and was out up to 6 months with a possible nasal fracture.[13]

Assunção defeated Issei Tamura via second round TKO on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman.[14]

Assunção faced Mike Easton on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5, replacing an injured Bryan Caraway.[15] He won the fight via unanimous decision despite suffering a broken arm during the first round.[16]

Assunção faced Vaughan Lee on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.[17] He won the fight via armbar submission in the second round.

Assunção was expected to face T.J. Dillashaw on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28.[18] However, the pairing was delayed and is expected to take place at a later event this year due to a minor medical issue for Assunção.[19] The bout with Dillashaw was rescheduled and took place on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29.[20] Assunção defeated Dillashaw via split decision. The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[21]

Assunção was expected to face Francisco Rivera at UFC 170.[22] However, Rivera was forced from the bout due to a hand injury.[23] Assunção instead faced touted UFC newcomer Pedro Munhoz.[24] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Assunção was briefly linked to a Bantamweight Championship bout against Renan Barão on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173. However, Assunção opted to decline the bout as a rib injury sustained in his last bout at UFC 170 had not healed enough to resume the proper training in advance of the event.[25] Barão instead faced, and was ultimately defeated by T.J. Dillashaw.[26]

Assunção is expected to face Bryan Caraway on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 54[27]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Bryan Caraway UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine October 4, 2014 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 22–4 Pedro Munhoz Decision (unanimous) UFC 170 February 22, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21–4 T.J. Dillashaw Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields October 9, 2013 3 5:00 Barueri, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Win 20–4 Vaughan Lee Submission (armbar) UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum June 8, 2013 2 1:51 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 19–4 Mike Easton Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz December 8, 2012 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 18–4 Issei Tamura TKO (punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman July 11, 2012 2 0:25 San Jose, California, United States
Win 17–4 Johnny Eduardo Decision (unanimous) UFC 134 August 27, 2011 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Bantamweight debut.
Loss 16–4 Erik Koch KO (punch) UFC 128 March 19, 2011 1 2:32 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 16–3 LC Davis Decision (unanimous) WEC 52 November 11, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–3 Diego Nunes Decision (split) WEC 49 June 20, 2010 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 15–2 Urijah Faber Submission (rear naked choke) WEC 46 January 10, 2010 3 3:49 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 15–1 Yves Jabouin Decision (split) WEC 43 October 10, 2009 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 14–1 Jameel Massouh Decision (unanimous) WEC 40 April 5, 2009 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 13–1 Joe Pearson TKO (punches) IHC 12: Resurrection November 8, 2008 1 0:12 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 12–1 Aaron Williams Submission (armbar) AFL: Eruption March 7, 2008 1 3:22 Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win 11–1 Kevin Gittemeir Decision (unanimous) ISCF: Head-On Collision June 1, 2007 3 5:00 Kennesaw, Georgia, United States
Win 10–1 Tyler Grunwald Submission (triangle choke) ISCF: Battle of Rome 2 April 21, 2007 1 0:56 Rome, Georgia, United States
Loss 9–1 Jeff Curran Decision (majority) XFO 13: Operation Beatdown November 11, 2006 3 5:00 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 9–0 James Birdsley Submission (rear naked choke) Border Warz October 14, 2006 3 1:42 Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Win 8–0 Nick Mamalis Submission (armbar) ROF 26: Relentless September 9, 2006 1 3:35 Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
Win 7–0 Joe Lauzon Submission (armbar) Absolute Fighting Championships 15 February 18, 2006 2 4:37 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 6–0 William McGlothlin Submission (guillotine choke) Full Throttle 4 September 9, 2005 2 3:58 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 5–0 Jorge Masvidal Decision (unanimous) Full Throttle 1 April 21, 2005 3 5:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 4–0 Brandon Bledsoe Submission (armbar) ISCF: Compound Fracture 2 February 4, 2005 1 2:31 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 3–0 Chad Lawshe Submission (guillotine choke) ISCF: Compound Fracture October 15, 2004 1 0:54 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 2–0 Scott Johnson Submission (armbar) ISCF: Anarchy in August 2 August 7, 2004 1 2:41 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 1–0 Chris Clark TKO (punches) ISCF: Friday Night Fight January 23, 2004 1 N/A Atlanta, Georgia, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2010%20Results%20Web/11-11-10%20MMA.pdf
  2. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  3. ^ "Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings". sherdog.com. 
  4. ^ "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas". MMAFrenzy.com. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  5. ^ "Henderson Conquers Varner for Title; Faber Wins in Comeback". www.wec.tv. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  6. ^ "Rafael Assuncao vs. Diego Nunes in the works for WEC 49 preliminary card". mmajunkie.com. 2010-04-30. 
  7. ^ "RAPHAEL ASSUNCAO VS. LC DAVIS AT WEC 52". MMAweekly.com. 2010-09-22. 
  8. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Gamburyan vs. Assuncao Official For UFC 128". MMAWeekly.com. 2011-01-13. 
  10. ^ "Manny Gamburyan Pulls Out Of UFC 128". mmafighting.com. February 25, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Erik Koch vs. Raphael Assuncao In The Works for UFC 128 in New Jersey". mmaweekly.com. February 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Raphael Assuncao vs. Johnny Eduardo added to UFC 134 prelims". mmajunkie.com. July 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Assuncao out 6 months possibly". mmajunkie. August 31, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Raphael Assuncao-Issei Tamura Booked for UFC on Fuel TV 4 in July". heavy.com. May 14, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Raphael Assuncao replaces Bryan Caraway, faces Mike Easton at UFC on FOX 5". mmajunkie. November 21, 2012. 
  16. ^ http://www.mmamania.com/2012/12/10/2201710/pic-raphael-assuncao-broken-arm-ufc-fox-5-mike-easton-mma
  17. ^ Mookie Alexander (April 4, 2013). "Raphael Assuncao vs. Vaughan Lee slated for UFC on Fuel 10". bloodyelbow.com. 
  18. ^ Christoffer Esping (July 12, 2013). "TJ Dillashaw möter Raphael Assuncao på UFC on FOX Sports 1 #3". mmanytt.se. 
  19. ^ Kelsey Mowatt (July 14, 2013). "Raphael Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw Delayed". cagedinsider.com. 
  20. ^ Ivan Raupp (2013-08-14). "Raphael Assunção e TJ Dillashaw se enfrentam no UFC de Barueri (Brazilian Portuguese)". m.sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  21. ^ Matt Erickson. "UFC Fight Night 29 bonuses: Palhares snubbed for sub award". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 10-09-2013. 
  22. ^ Matt Erickson. "Raphael Assuncao meets Francisco Rivera at UFC 170 in Las Vegas". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  23. ^ "Broken hand knocks Francisco Rivera from UFC 170 fight with Raphael Assuncao". mmajunkie.com. February 3, 2014. 
  24. ^ Zane Simon (2014-02-09). "Report: UFC signs Pedro Munhoz to fight Raphael Assuncao at UFC 170". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  25. ^ Staff (2014-03-28). "Raphael Assuncao explains why he isn't fighting Renan Barao at UFC 173". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  26. ^ John Morgan (2014-03-27). "UFC bantamweight champ Renan Barao faces T.J. Dillashaw in new UFC 173 headliner". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  27. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-08-06). "Bryan Caraway, Raphael Assuncao set to battle at UFC Fight Night Halifax". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 

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