Raphael Assunção: Brazilian martial artist (1982-)
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Raphael Assunção
Brazilian martial artist

Raphael Assunção

Raphael Assunção
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Brazilian martial artist
Is Athlete Mixed martial artist
From Brazil
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 19 July 1982, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Age 41 years
The details (from wikipedia)


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 January 30, 2017, he is #4 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings and #6 by sherdog.com.


Originally from Recife in Brazil, 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

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. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 faced Vaughan Lee on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10. 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. 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.

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

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 is expected to face Marlon Moraes on June 3, 2017 at UFC 212.

Championships and achievements

Mixed martial arts

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Fight of the Night (One time) vs. T.J. Dillashaw

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 24–5 Aljamain Sterling Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña 000000002017-01-28-0000January 28, 2017 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 23–5 T.J. Dillashaw Decision (unanimous) UFC 200 000000002016-07-09-0000July 9, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 23–4 Bryan Caraway Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine 000000002014-10-04-0000October 4, 2014 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 22–4 Pedro Munhoz Decision (unanimous) UFC 170 000000002014-02-22-0000February 22, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 21–4 T.J. Dillashaw Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields 000000002013-10-09-0000October 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 000000002013-06-08-0000June 8, 2013 2 1:51 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 19–4 Mike Easton Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz 000000002012-12-08-0000December 8, 2012 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 18–4 Issei Tamura TKO (punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman 000000002012-07-11-0000July 11, 2012 2 0:25 San Jose, California, United States
Win 17–4 Johnny Eduardo Decision (unanimous) UFC 134 000000002011-08-27-0000August 27, 2011 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Bantamweight debut.
Loss 16–4 Erik Koch KO (punch) UFC 128 000000002011-03-19-0000March 19, 2011 1 2:32 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 16–3 L.C. Davis Decision (unanimous) WEC 52 000000002010-11-11-0000November 11, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–3 Diego Nunes Decision (split) WEC 49 000000002010-06-20-0000June 20, 2010 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 15–2 Urijah Faber Submission (rear-naked choke) WEC 46 000000002010-01-10-0000January 10, 2010 3 3:49 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 15–1 Yves Jabouin Decision (split) WEC 43 000000002009-10-10-0000October 10, 2009 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 14–1 Jameel Massouh Decision (unanimous) WEC 40 000000002009-04-05-0000April 5, 2009 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 13–1 Joe Pearson TKO (punches) IHC 12: Resurrection 000000002008-11-08-0000November 8, 2008 1 0:12 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 12–1 Aaron Williams Submission (armbar) AFL: Eruption 000000002008-03-07-0000March 7, 2008 1 3:22 Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win 11–1 Kevin Gittemeir Decision (unanimous) ISCF: Head-On Collision 000000002007-06-01-0000June 1, 2007 3 5:00 Kennesaw, Georgia, United States
Win 10–1 Tyler Grunwald Submission (triangle choke) ISCF: Battle of Rome 2 000000002007-04-21-0000April 21, 2007 1 0:56 Rome, Georgia, United States
Loss 9–1 Jeff Curran Decision (majority) XFO 13: Operation Beatdown 000000002006-11-11-0000November 11, 2006 3 5:00 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 9–0 James Birdsley Submission (rear-naked choke) Border Warz 000000002006-10-14-0000October 14, 2006 3 1:42 Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Win 8–0 Nick Mamalis Submission (armbar) ROF 26: Relentless 000000002006-09-09-0000September 9, 2006 1 3:35 Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
Win 7–0 Joe Lauzon Submission (armbar) Absolute Fighting Championships 15 000000002006-02-18-0000February 18, 2006 2 4:37 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 6–0 William McGlothlin Submission (guillotine choke) Full Throttle 4 000000002005-09-09-0000September 9, 2005 2 3:58 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 5–0 Jorge Masvidal Decision (unanimous) Full Throttle 1 000000002005-04-21-0000April 21, 2005 3 5:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 4–0 Brandon Bledsoe Submission (armbar) ISCF: Compound Fracture 2 000000002005-02-04-0000February 4, 2005 1 2:31 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 3–0 Chad Lawshe Submission (guillotine choke) ISCF: Compound Fracture 000000002004-10-15-0000October 15, 2004 1 0:54 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 2–0 Scott Johnson Submission (armbar) ISCF: Anarchy in August 2 000000002004-08-07-0000August 7, 2004 1 2:41 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 1–0 Chris Clark TKO (punches) ISCF: Friday Night Fight 000000002004-01-23-0000January 23, 2004 1 N/A Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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