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