Raphael Assuncao vs Francisco Rivera latest bout added to UFC 170

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.