Raphael Assunção

Raphael Oliveira Assunção[3] (born 19 July 1982) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Raphael Assunção
BornRaphael Oliveira Assunção
(1982-07-19) 19 July 1982 (age 40)
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
NationalityBrazilian
Height5 ft 5+12 in (1.66 m)[1]
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
DivisionLightweight (2004–2006)
Featherweight (2006–2011)
Bantamweight (2011–present)
Reach66+12 in (169 cm)[1]
StyleMuay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shotokan
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofAlpharetta, Georgia, United States
TeamAscension Mixed Martial Arts
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active2004–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total36
Wins27
By knockout4
By submission10
By decision13
Losses9
By knockout3
By submission2
By decision4
Notable relativesJunior Assunção, brother, Freddy Assunção, brother
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Born in Recife in Northeast Brazil, Assunção moved to United States with his immigrant parents when he was a child.[4] He now lives and trains in Atlanta with Ascension MMA under Manu N'toh. He is also the brother of Júnior Assunção[5] and Freddy Assunção who also fight as mixed martial artists. Assunção has a daughter.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

World Extreme CagefightingEdit

Assunção joined the WEC in 2009, with a 12–1 professional record. He made his promotional debut on 5 April 2009 at WEC 40 against Jameel Massouh.[6] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[7]

He faced Yves Jabouin on 2 September 2009 at WEC 43.[8] Assunção won the back and forth fight by split decision.[9]

Assunção faced Urijah Faber on 10 January 2010 at WEC 46.[10] Faber won the fight via third-round submission.[11]

Assunção then faced Diego Nunes on 20 June 2010 at WEC 49.[12] He lost the fight via split decision.

Assunção faced LC Davis on 11 November 2010 at WEC 52.[13] Assunção won the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

On 28 October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[15]

Assunção was expected to face Manvel Gamburyan on 19 March 2011 at UFC 128,[16] but Gamburyan was forced out of the bout with a back injury[17] and replaced by Erik Koch.[18] He lost the fight via KO in the first round.

Assunção next faced UFC newcomer Johnny Eduardo on 27 August 2011 at UFC 134.[19] He won the fight via unanimous decision and was out up to 6 months with a possible nasal fracture.[20]

Assunção faced Issei Tamura on 11 July 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman.[21] He won the fight via second-round TKO.[22]

Assunção faced Mike Easton on 8 December 2012, at UFC on Fox 5, replacing an injured Bryan Caraway.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision despite suffering a broken arm during the first round.[24]

Assunção faced Vaughan Lee on 8 June 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.[25] He won the fight via armbar submission in the second round.[26]

Assunção was expected to face T.J. Dillashaw on 4 September 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28.[27] However, the pairing was delayed and was rescheduled for a future event due to a minor medical issue for Assunção.[28] The bout with Dillashaw was rescheduled and took place on 9 October 2013, at UFC Fight Night 29.[29] Assunção defeated Dillashaw via split decision.[30] The back and forth action earned both the participants Fight of the Night honors.[31]

Assunção was expected to face Francisco Rivera at UFC 170.[32] However, Rivera was forced from the bout due to a hand injury.[33] Assunção instead faced touted UFC newcomer Pedro Munhoz.[34] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[35]

Assunção was briefly linked to a Bantamweight Championship bout against Renan Barão on 24 May 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.[36] Barão instead faced, and was ultimately defeated by T.J. Dillashaw.[37]

Assunção faced Bryan Caraway on 4 October 2014 at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine.[38] He doubled the numbers of strikes Caraway threw and caught him with knees to win a unanimous decision victory.[39]

On 22 December 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.[40]

A rematch with perennial contender Urijah Faber was expected to headline UFC Fight Night 62 on 21 March 2015.[41] 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.[42][43] 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.[44]

A rematch with T.J. Dillashaw took place on 9 July 2016 at UFC 200.[45] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[46]

Assunção was expected to face Aljamain Sterling on 9 December 2016 at UFC Fight Night 102.[47] However, Sterling pulled out of the fight on 23 November citing injury.[48] Assunção was subsequently removed from the card.[49] The bout with Sterling was rescheduled and took place on 28 January 2017 at UFC on Fox 23.[50] Assunção won the fight via split decision.[51]

Assunção faced Marlon Moraes on 3 June 2017 at UFC 212.[52] He won the back-and-forth fight by split decision.[53]

Assunção faced Matthew Lopez on 11 November 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis.[54] 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.[55] He won the fight via knock out in the third round.[56] This win also earned him a Performance of the Night bonus award.[57]

Assunção faced Rob Font on 7 July 2018 at UFC 226.[58] He won via unanimous decision.[59]

Assunção faced Marlon Moraes in a rematch on 2 February 2019 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 144. Assunção won the first fight by split decision at UFC 212 on 3 June 2017.[60] Before accepting the rematch, Assunção negotiated a new contract with the UFC.[61] Assunção lost the rematch in the first round after being dropped by two punches and then submitted via a guillotine choke.[62]

Assunção faced Cory Sandhagen on 17 August 2019 at UFC 241.[63] He lost the bout by unanimous decision.[64]

Assunção was scheduled to face Cody Garbrandt as the co-main event on 28 March 2020 at UFC on ESPN 8.[65] However, Garbrandt pulled out on 12 March due to kidney issues. As of now, Assunção is expected to remain on the card against an unknown opponent.[66] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed.[67] Instead the fight was rescheduled and took place on 6 June 2020 at UFC 250.[68] Assunção lost the bout via second-round knockout.[69]

Assunção was scheduled to face Raoni Barcelos on 27 February 2021 at UFC Fight Night 186.[70] However, Assunção pulled out of the fight in early February after testing positive for COVID-19.[71][72]

Assunção was scheduled to face Kyler Phillips on 24 July 2021 at UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw.[73] However, Assunção suffered a biceps injury in late June and was replaced by Raulian Paiva.[74]

Assunção faced Ricky Simón on 18 December 2021 at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus.[75] He lost the bout via knockout in the second round.[76]

Championships and achievementsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
36 matches 27 wins 9 losses
By knockout 4 3
By submission 10 2
By decision 13 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 27–9 Ricky Simón KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus 18 December 2021 2 2:14 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 27–8 Cody Garbrandt KO (punch) UFC 250 6 June 2020 2 4:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 27–7 Cory Sandhagen Decision (unanimous) UFC 241 17 August 2019 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 27–6 Marlon Moraes Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2 2 February 2019 1 3:17 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 27–5 Rob Font Decision (unanimous) UFC 226 7 July 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 26–5 Matthew Lopez KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis 11 November 2017 3 1:50 Norfolk, Virginia, United States Catchweight (138.5 lb) bout; Lopez missed weight. Performance of the Night.
Win 25–5 Marlon Moraes Decision (split) UFC 212 3 June 2017 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 24–5 Aljamain Sterling Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña 28 January 2017 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 23–5 T.J. Dillashaw Decision (unanimous) UFC 200 9 July 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 23–4 Bryan Caraway Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine 4 October 2014 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 22–4 Pedro Munhoz Decision (unanimous) UFC 170 22 February 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21–4 T.J. Dillashaw Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields 9 October 2013 3 5:00 Barueri, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Win 20–4 Vaughan Lee Submission (armbar) UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum 8 June 2013 2 1:51 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 19–4 Mike Easton Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz 8 December 2012 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 18–4 Issei Tamura TKO (punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman 11 July 2012 2 0:25 San Jose, California, United States
Win 17–4 Johnny Eduardo Decision (unanimous) UFC 134 27 August 2011 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Bantamweight debut.
Loss 16–4 Erik Koch KO (punch) UFC 128 19 March 2011 1 2:32 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 16–3 LC Davis Decision (unanimous) WEC 52 11 November 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–3 Diego Nunes Decision (split) WEC 49 20 June 2010 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 15–2 Urijah Faber Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 46 10 January 2010 3 3:49 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 15–1 Yves Jabouin Decision (split) WEC 43 10 October 2009 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 14–1 Jameel Massouh Decision (unanimous) WEC 40 5 April 2009 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 13–1 Joe Pearson TKO (punches) IHC 12: Resurrection 8 November 2008 1 0:12 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 12–1 Aaron Williams Submission (armbar) AFL: Eruption 7 March 2008 1 3:22 Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win 11–1 Kevin Gittemeir Decision (unanimous) ISCF: Head-On Collision 1 June 2007 3 5:00 Kennesaw, Georgia, United States
Win 10–1 Tyler Grunwald Submission (triangle choke) ISCF: Battle of Rome 2 21 April 2007 1 0:56 Rome, Georgia, United States
Loss 9–1 Jeff Curran Decision (majority) XFO 13: Operation Beatdown 11 November 2006 3 5:00 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 9–0 James Birdsley Submission (rear-naked choke) Border Warz 14 October 2006 3 1:42 Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Win 8–0 Nick Mamalis Submission (armbar) ROF 26: Relentless 9 September 2006 1 3:35 Castle Rock, Colorado, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 7–0 Joe Lauzon Submission (armbar) Absolute Fighting Championships 15 18 February 2006 2 4:37 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 6–0 William McGlothlin Submission (guillotine choke) Full Throttle 4 9 September 2005 2 3:58 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 5–0 Jorge Masvidal Decision (unanimous) Full Throttle 1 21 April 2005 3 5:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 4–0 Brandon Bledsoe Submission (armbar) ISCF: Compound Fracture 2 4 February 2005 1 2:31 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 3–0 Chad Lawshe Submission (guillotine choke) ISCF: Compound Fracture 15 October 2004 1 0:54 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 2–0 Scott Johnson Submission (armbar) ISCF: Anarchy in 2 August 7 August 2004 1 2:41 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 1–0 Chris Clark TKO (punches) ISCF: Friday Night Fight 23 January 2004 1 N/A Atlanta, Georgia, United States Lightweight debut.

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See alsoEdit

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