When not sitting on the sidelines due to injuries, Raphael Assuncao is beating every opponent who dares face him in the Octagon. Everyone except champ TJ Dillashaw that is, who defeated the Brazilian via unanimous decision at UFC 200. But prior to that, Assuncao had beaten Dillashaw via split decision years prior, and if a superfight between Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson ain’t happening, why not have the two fight…?
At UFC Fight Night 120, Assuncao took on Matt Lopez, and he used the opportunity to make his case for a title shot.
Lopez was competitive in the first round, mixing it up with the Brazilian with back-and-forth striking exchanges, and snagging a takedown late when Assuncao wasn’t expecting it.
But in between rounds Assuncao made adjustments, and from then on, he was a kicking machine, tearing apart Lopez’s lead leg into the American’s thigh was a purple mess. No takedown attempts could stave off Assuncao’s onslaught, and finally, in the third, Assuncao clipped Lopez with a right and sent him into Dreamland.
Results: Raphael Assuncao def. Matthew Lopez via KO (Punch) at 1:50, R3