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.