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Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

Raphael Assuncao Says Wins Should be More Important Than “Followers” in Determining Title Shots

Raphael Assuncao (photo via UFC.com)

By FCF Staff

Although Raphael Assuncao has won nine of his last ten fights, the Brazilian bantamweight has yet to receive a shot at the UFC’s 135 crown, and he doesn’t sound happy about it.

Recently it was reported that Assuncao will face fellow contender, Marlon Moraes, at the UFC’s February 2nd card in Fortaleza, Brazil. The two battled in June, 2017, and Assuncao won the fight via split decision.

Since then, Assuncao spoke with Combate, and while doing so, he had this to say about the fact he’s not fighting for the belt next (quotes via Bloody Elbow):

“I think I’ve done enough to warrant a title shot a long time ago,” Assuncao said. “There are some factors that shouldn’t be pivotal for them not to give me a title shot. A certain number of followers is an example. I don’t think that should define who deserves it, who will be the next challenger. I’m no Tiririca (a famous Brazilian comedian), let’s put it that way. I don’t have a ‘X’ number of followers, so I can’t warrant a title shot. That’s not cool. But it’s what the boss said, so let’s move on.”

“I’m a pretty down-to-earth guy. My followers are people who follow me for real, I reply to them. You have two million followers, do you know who they are? You have no idea, sometimes it’s not even a legit follower, they can be bought, Unfortunately, that makes a difference when selling a fight.”

The only man to defeat Assuncao in his last 10 bouts is the current champ, TJ Dillashaw, who Assuncao also defeated by split decision three years earlier in 2013.

posted by FCF Staff @ 8:00 am
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