Assuncao extends winning streak to five

Raphael Assuncao celebrates after defeating TJ Dillashaw in their bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Ginasio Jose Correa
Raphael Assuncao faces off against streaking bantamweight Francisco Rivera at UFC 170.
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Raphael Assuncao might be wondering why he didn’t move to bantamweight sooner.

Wednesday night in the UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields main card opener, the Alpharetta, Georgia resident originally from Recife, Brazil collected his fifth consecutive victory in the 135-pound weight class, edging out Team Alpha Male representative T.J. Dillashaw in a back-and-forth battle that earned Fight of the Night honors.

Following the win, Assuncao spoke to Jon Anik (through translator Derek Lee) about the 15-minute battle, and said he’s going to take a wait and see approach in regards to what comes next.

Assuncao dubbed this contest a “semifinal” prior to the contest, explaining afterward that with interim champion Renan Barao and soon-to-return injured champ Dominick Cruz likely headed into the cage together, his fight and the upcoming bout between Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald (which serves as the co-main event of the December UFC on FOX: Pettis vs. Thomson fight card in Sacramento) will produce the two fighters that will then square off to determine the No. 1 contender in the bantamweight ranks.

No word yet on whether or not that’s how the UFC plans to approach things, but kudos to Assuncao for putting the ideas out there.

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