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Raphael Assuncao vs Francisco Rivera latest bout added to UFC 170

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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Following two straight knockouts in the UFC, Francisco Rivera will get a chance to prove if he's a top ten fighter or not as he takes on No. 4 ranked bantamweight Raphael Assuncao at UFC 170 in February.

UFC officials announced the fight on Wednesday.

Rivera (10-2, 1 NC)was cut from the UFC after a 2011 loss to Reuben Duran at The Ultimate Fighter 13 finale, but just two fights and two knockouts later he was back in the Octagon, a much improved fighter.

Undefeated since coming back, Rivera most recently scorched fellow bantamweight George Roop with a knockout at the UFC Fight for the Troops show at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and now he's earned his toughest test in the Octagon to date.

Raphael Assuncao (21-4) has found new life at bantamweight and will certainly stand as a stiff test to Rivera come February. A former featherweight talent, Assuncao dropped to 135 pounds in 2011 and remains undefeated with a perfect 5-0 record in the division.

Assuncao most recently defeated TJ Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night in Brazil to solidify his ranking as a top five bantamweight in the world.

As he starts inching closer to title contention in 2014, Assuncao will first have to go through Rivera in a fight that should produce fireworks on the UFC 170 fight card.
 

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