Assuncao extends winning streak to five

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.