Raphael Assuncao Expecting Technical Fight In Rematch Against Marlon Moraes • MMA News
Raphael Assuncao seems to silence his critics on Feb. 2 when he headlines UFC on ESPN+ 2 in opposition to Marlon Moraes in a rematch.
The 36-year-old defeated Moraes by break up decision at UFC 212 in June 2017 and plenty of pundits felt the WEC veteran didn’t do adequate to earn the nod. Whereas it’s not one factor that bothers the Brazil born fighter, he really wishes to shut this chapter of his career and positioned on further thrilling fights.
“It didn’t trouble me a lot. I all the time say in most of my interviews, I’m very a lot a self-critic of myself.” Assuncao knowledgeable MMANews. “If I really feel like I misplaced my combat, I’m a really sincere man about my profession and who I’m. I assumed I won the combat, I landed the higher pictures. Similar to the T.J. [Dillashaw] combat [at UFC Fight Night 29] once I fought him in a Brazil. It was an in depth combat. He tried to throw some kicks, he took me down, and I had his neck for a second. I do know precisely what occurred, even that combat I assumed I won the combat. Individuals are not very impressed with my fashion, I’m not both.”
Assuncao (27-5) not solely wishes to present these naysayers improper, however as well as current the UFC they made an excellent decision signing him to a model new contract. Assuncao didn’t have any doubts the Las Vegas-based promotion would re-sign him as soon as his contract was up.
“I used to be all the time fairly assured staying with the UFC. I believe we had another presents. All the things performed out okay. For me it was all good negotiations. Danny Rubenstein my supervisor, we have been ready to talk about and it labored out okay. In my thoughts, let’s go to work. Let’s deal with Marlon at times we go from there.”
Moraes (21-5-1) heads into this rematch off three-straight wins, along with back-to-back highlight reel finishes over Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera. It’s one factor Assuncao has taken discover of and isn’t taking his opponent evenly.
“We’re all the time enhancing as athletes. He’s coming off a reasonably good run in his final two or three fights once I final fought him. I believe he put in numerous time working towards. You may’t say he was a fluke as a result of he did the identical transfer twice. I’m an enormous of a fan in sports activities typically and I see him as a progressing athlete. I see myself, I really feel I’m nonetheless enhancing as an athlete. That’s my fundamental purpose proper now, particularly at a excessive degree, it’s superb tuning. I see a technical combat. I don’t see both of us sort of going loopy on the market. I believe a end will come naturally from both celebration. As a result of look I’ve to be practical, the combat sport something can occur. I don’t see him or I dashing something. I see it being a reasonably technical combat.”
Assuncao has gone on a distinctive run all through his UFC career amassing an 11-2 doc. A bantamweight title shot has eluded him by way of the years due to his lack of finishes, having gone the hole 9 situations all through that span. It’s one factor the Atlanta native is aware of nevertheless he moreover feels it is going to be strong not giving the winner of this rematch a title shot.
“I preserve profitable the fights man. For those who ask me ‘hey do you like your fights’ I say no. I preserve proving myself unsuitable and going ahead. There’s not way more you are able to do in case you’re profitable fights. Dana didn’t despatched me a contract [saying the winner gets a title shot], nothing is assured within the sport. I really feel fairly assured the winner will get the [title shot] If I win this combat once more I can sort of sit and calm down. Sort of simply wait and get to my final purpose.”
UFC on ESPN+ 2 takes place Feb. 2 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Brazil.