Raphael Assunção

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Raphael Assunção
Born (1982-07-19) July 19, 1982 (age 34)
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 66.5 in (169 cm)
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
Team Ascension Mixed Martial Arts
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active 2004-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 30
Wins 25
By knockout 3
By submission 10
By decision 12
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 3
Notable relatives Junior Assunção, brother, Freddy Assunção, brother
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 9, 2014

Raphael O. Assunção[2] (born July 19, 1982) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of January 30, 2017, he is #4 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings[3] and #6 by sherdog.com.[4]

Biography[edit]

Originally from Recife in Northeast Brazil, he now lives and trains in Atlanta with Ascension MMA under Manu N'toh.[1] He is also the brother of Júnior Assunção and Freddy Assunção who also fight as mixed martial artists.[1] Raphael has a daughter.

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 against Jameel Massouh.[5] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[6]

He faced Yves Jabouin on September 2, 2009 at WEC 43.[7] Assunção won the back and forth fight by split decision.[8]

Assunção faced Urijah Faber on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46.[9] Faber won the fight via third-round submission.[10]

Assunção then faced Diego Nunes on June 20, 2010 at WEC 49.[11] He lost the fight via split decision.

Assunção faced LC Davis on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52.[12] Assunção won the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

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.[14]

Assunção was expected to face Manvel Gamburyan on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128,[15] but Gamburyan was forced out of the bout with a back injury[16] and replaced by Erik Koch.[17] He lost the fight via KO in the first round.

Assunção next faced UFC newcomer Johnny Eduardo on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134.[18] He won the fight via unanimous decision and was out up to 6 months with a possible nasal fracture.[19]

Assunção faced Issei Tamura on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman.[20]v He won the fight via second-round TKO.[21]

Assunção faced Mike Easton on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5, replacing an injured Bryan Caraway.[22] He won the fight via unanimous decision despite suffering a broken arm during the first round.[23]

Assunção faced Vaughan Lee on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.[24] He won the fight via armbar submission in the second round.[25]

Assunção was expected to face T.J. Dillashaw on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28.[26] However, the pairing was delayed and was rescheduled for a future event due to a minor medical issue for Assunção.[27] The bout with Dillashaw was rescheduled and took place on October 9, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 29.[28] Assunção defeated Dillashaw via split decision.[29] The back and forth action earned both the participants Fight of the Night honors.[30]

Assunção was expected to face Francisco Rivera at UFC 170.[31] However, Rivera was forced from the bout due to a hand injury.[32] Assunção instead faced touted UFC newcomer Pedro Munhoz.[33] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[34]

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.[35] Barão instead faced, and was ultimately defeated by T.J. Dillashaw.[36]

Assunção faced Bryan Caraway on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine.[37] He doubled the numbers of strikes Caraway threw and caught him with knees to win a unanimous decision victory.[38]

On December 22, 2014, Assunção announced that he had suffered a broken ankle during training that would not require surgery, but is expected to be sidelined for up to 10 weeks.[39]

A rematch with perennial contender Urijah Faber was expected to headline UFC Fight Night 62 on March 21, 2015.[40] However, Assunção was forced out of the bout as an ankle first injured in mid-December 2014 was slow to heal and that he was unable to resume the proper training to prepare for the fight in that time frame.[41][42] Subsequently, in August 2015, Assunção's management team announced that he would undergo surgery on the ankle and hoped to return by the end of the year.[43]

A rematch with T.J. Dillashaw took place on July 9, 2016 at UFC 200.[44] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[45]

Assunção was expected to face Aljamain Sterling on December 9, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 102.[46] However, Sterling pulled out of the fight on November 23 citing injury.[47] Assunção was subsequently removed from the card.[48] The bout with Sterling was rescheduled and took place on January 28, 2017 at UFC on Fox 23.[49] Assunção won the fight via split decision.[50]

Assunção faced Marlon Moraes on June 3, 2017 at UFC 212.[51] He won the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[52]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 25–5 Marlon Moraes Decision (split) UFC 212 June 3, 2017 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 24–5 Aljamain Sterling Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña January 28, 2017 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 23–5 T.J. Dillashaw Decision (unanimous) UFC 200 July 9, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 23–4 Bryan Caraway Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine October 4, 2014 3 5:00 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 L.C. 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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