July 19, 1982|
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
Featherweight (135–145 Ib) |
Bantamweight (125–135 Ib)
|Reach||66 1⁄2 in (169 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Alpharetta, Georgia, United States|
|Team||Ascension Mixed Martial Arts|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Junior Assunção, brother, Freddy Assunção, brother|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: November 9, 2014
Raphael O. Assunção (born July 19, 1982) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of June 25th, 2018, he is #3 in the official UFC Bantamweight rankings and #5 by sherdog.com. He holds notable victories over T.J. Dillashaw, Marlon Moraes, Joe Lauzon and Jorge Masvidal.
Originally from Recife in Northeast Brazil, he now lives and trains in Atlanta with Ascension MMA under Manu N'toh. He is also the brother of Júnior Assunção and Freddy Assunção who also fight as mixed martial artists. Raphael has a daughter.
Mixed martial arts career
World Extreme Cagefighting
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
Assunção was expected to face Manvel Gamburyan on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128, but Gamburyan was forced out of the bout with a back injury and replaced by Erik Koch. He lost the fight via KO in the first round.
Assunção faced Mike Easton on December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5, replacing an injured Bryan Caraway. He won the fight via unanimous decision despite suffering a broken arm during the first round.
Assunção was expected to face T.J. Dillashaw on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28. However, the pairing was delayed and was rescheduled for a future event due to a minor medical issue for Assunção. The bout with Dillashaw was rescheduled and took place on October 9, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 29. Assunção defeated Dillashaw via split decision. The back and forth action earned both the participants Fight of the Night honors.
Assunção was expected to face Francisco Rivera at UFC 170. However, Rivera was forced from the bout due to a hand injury. Assunção instead faced touted UFC newcomer Pedro Munhoz. 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. Barão instead faced, and was ultimately defeated by T.J. Dillashaw.
Assunção faced Bryan Caraway on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine. He doubled the numbers of strikes Caraway threw and caught him with knees to win a unanimous decision victory.
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.
A rematch with perennial contender Urijah Faber was expected to headline UFC Fight Night 62 on March 21, 2015. 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. 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.
Assunção was expected to face Aljamain Sterling on December 9, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 102. However, Sterling pulled out of the fight on November 23 citing injury. Assunção was subsequently removed from the card. The bout with Sterling was rescheduled and took place on January 28, 2017 at UFC on Fox 23. Assunção won the fight via split decision.
Assunção faced Matthew Lopez on November 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis. At the weigh-ins, Lopez missed weight, weighing in at 138.5 lbs., three and a half pounds over the Bantamweight limit. As a result, he forfeited 20% of his purse to Assunção and the bout proceeded as Catchweight. He won the fight via knock out in the third round. This win also earned him a Performance of the Night bonus award.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|32 matches||27 wins||5 losses|
|Win||27–5||Rob Font||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 226||July 7, 2018||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||26–5||Matthew Lopez||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis||November 11, 2017||3||1:50||Norfolk, Virginia, United States||Catchweight (138.5 lbs) bout; Lopez missed weight. Performance of the Night.|
|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||Featherweight debut.|
|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||Lightweight debut.|
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