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Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt set to return on June 6

Chris Taylor - April 25, 2020

Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is set to make his highly anticipated return to the Octagon on June 6. According to the folks at MMAFighting.com, ‘No Love’ has been rebooked to fight Raphael Assuncao on the June 6 fight card.

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Raphael Assuncao reflects on 2005 fight with Jorge Masvidal

Cole Shelton - March 17, 2020

Early on in Raphael Assuncao’s professional career, like most MMA fighters starting out, he was fighting anyone at any time. When a call came in for his fifth pro fight in Duluth, Georgia, the Brazilian accepted it not knowing he would be fighting a soon to be BMF champion, Jorge Masvidal. Assuncao started his career out at lightweight and on April 21, 2005, at Full Throttle 1, the Brazilian was taking on a fellow undefeated fighter in 5-0, Jorge Masvidal.

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What's next for UFC Fortaleza main and co-main event fighters?

Cole Shelton - February 3, 2019

On Saturday night, the UFC made it’s first stop of the year in Brazil with the 13-fight UFC Fortaleza card. Headlining the card was a battle of two top bantamweight contenders in Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes. Ultimately, Moraes submitted Assuncao in the first round to become the clear cut number one contender in the bantamweight division.

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UFC Fortaleza Results: Marlon Moraes submits Raphael Assuncao

Chris Taylor - February 2, 2019

A key bantamweight bout between top contenders Marlon Moraes and Raphael Assuncao headlined tonight’s UFC Fortaleza event. Marlon Moraes entered tonight’s UFC Fortaleza main event on a three fight win streak. His latest effort saw him destroy Jimmie Rivera back in June of 2018.

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EXCLUSIVE | Raphael Assuncao plans to stake claim to title shot with second win over Marlon Moraes

Cole Shelton - January 29, 2019

At UFC Fortaleza, the main and co-main events will feature fights between two Brazilians. However, the main event spot between Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes is a rematch of fight at UFC 212 in 2017. Since then, Assuncao has gone 2-0 and is most likely the number one contender given Dominick Cruz is hurt and Cody Garbrandt has already lost twice to TJ Dillashaw.

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Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes to rematch in main event of UFC Fortaleza

Drake Riggs - November 29, 2018

With the UFC’s bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw chasing other division’s titles, his own division has to move on and it now begins to start doing so. After winning the title for the second time by defeating arch-rival, Cody Garbrandt, Dillashaw would defend it successfully against his foe in their immediate rematch at UFC 227.

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After losing out on Cody Garbrandt fight, Jimmie Rivera and Raphael Assuncao agree to fight

Drake Riggs - November 13, 2018

Since UFC 227, there hasn’t been a whole lot going on atop the UFC’s stacked bantamweight division. But that looks to be changing very soon. With the recent announcements of Dominick Cruz’ return at UFC 233 vs John Lineker along with champion TJ Dillashaw going down to challenge for Henry Cejudo’s flyweight title, the division remains feeling held up.

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Raphael Assuncao on next bantamweight title shot: I've done everything I have to do

Tom Taylor - August 13, 2018

One of the most intense debates in MMA at present surrounds who deserves the next crack at UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. There are those who feel the opportunity should go to former champion Dominick Cruz. There are others who feel former World Series of Fighting champion Marlon Moraes has earned the opportunity. And there are those who feel Raphael Assuncao is the most deserving man. According to Raphael Assuncao himself, there’s really no debating it.

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Raphael Assuncao Believes A Fight With Dominick Cruz is the Fight to Make

Drake Riggs - March 27, 2018

The UFC’s 135-pound bantamweight division isn’t lacking any sort of talent. Especially when it comes at the top, as you could argue that the division has the highest level of combined talent out of any other division in MMA. Among those names is the often overlooked, Raphael Assuncao who is 10-1 in the weight class. That includes a 1-1 record against the current champion, TJ Dillashaw.

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UFC Norfolk Results: Raphael Assuncao KO's Matthew Lopez (VIDEO)

Chris Taylor - November 11, 2017

A bantamweight tilt between Raphael Assuncao and Matthew Lopez took place at tonight’s UFC Fight Night card in Norfolk. Assuncao battered Lopez’s lead leg with heavy kicks for the duration of the fight before eventually landing a huge right hand in round three that put Matthew away.

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Former WSOF Champion Marlon Moraes faces a stiff challenge in UFC debut

Chris Taylor - April 13, 2017

Former WSOF Champion Marlon Moraes faces a stiff challenge in UFC debut Former World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes will make his octagon debut on June 3 at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil when he squares off with perennial 135-pound contender Raphael Assuncao.

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Dominick Cruz shuts down Assuncao callout, says he wants a title shot next

Tom Taylor - January 29, 2017

In the penultimate fight of the UFC on Fox 23 undercard, long-time bantamweight contender Raphael Assuncao scored a crucial win over Aljamain Sterling. In a post fight interview with UFC reporter Megan Olivi, the Brazilian talent was asked who he’d like to take on next. After a moment of consideration, he made a courteous callout of former champ Dominick Cruz, who surrendered the bantamweight title to Cody Garbrandt in December. “I think Dominick Cruz would make a lot of sense right now,” Assuncao said. “He’s right there up in the top rankings. I don’t see any other guy. I need to get good consistency in my fight career.”