Raphael Assunção and T.J. Dillashaw fought a spirited and close bout at UFC Fight Night 29, delighting the crowd in Ginásio José Corrêa in Barueri, Brazil. Assunção, pictured above at yesterday’s weigh-ins, would overcome some early adversity to narrowly win a split decision.
Victory was carved out by counter-punching from Assunção, who entered the bout a +200 underdog. The Recife, Brazil native switched back and forth between southpaw and orthodox, landing strikes throughout. Dillashaw, who also switched between stances throughout the bout, found success early on but would struggle to stalk Assunção as the bout wore on.
The outcome seemed always in doubt, however. Assunção out-landed Dillashaw clearly in the second round, but the action was hotly contested in the first and third stanzas. Dillashaw also nearly finished a choke in the first round, as well.
Assunção has now won his last five bouts — and his record improves to 21-4. The loss snaps a four-fight winning streak for California’s Dillashaw, who drops to 8-2. His loss is Team Alpha Male’s first since Muay Thai specialist Duane Ludwig joined the stable.
Raphael Assunção defeats T.J Dillashaw by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 29.