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Friday, Jan 22, 2016

Raphael Assuncao Calls For Bout With Urijah Faber, Says Latter Fighting Dominick Cruz Doesn’t Make Sense

A victorious Raphael Assuncao

By FCF Staff

Since Dominick Cruz recaptured the bantamweight title, Urijah Faber and others have been calling for a rubber match between the two, but Raphael Assuncao isn’t on board with the idea.

Cruz narrowly got by TJ Dillashaw last Sunday with a split decision win, and in doing so, reclaimed the belt he was forced to vacate a couple of years ago. There has been considerable speculation that the UFC might book Cruz – Dillashaw II, since it was so close, but Faber is also in the mix.

Recently Assuncao spoke to UFC.com, and during the interview, he had this to say about Cruz – Faber III:

“Why does Urijah just get the next title shot?” Assuncao said. “With the fight being so close and Urijah having had a couple title shots already and having fought Cruz already maybe I’m wrong and maybe the fans do want to see it, but in my mind, I don’t think it’s a great fight for Urijah.

“What makes sense right now is maybe a rematch between (Cruz and Dillashaw) and me fighting Urijah. That’s where I see the division right now.”

Assuncao, who holds a split decision win over Dillashaw, hasn’t fought since 2014 due to injuries. The bantamweight is riding a seven fight winning streak and is ranked #4 at 135.

posted by FCF Staff @ 8:00 am
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