Raphael Assuncao Says He's Looking to Use T.J. Dillashaw To Get a Title Shot
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.07.2013
He's looking past T.J....
Raphael Assuncao recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 29. Check the highlights:
On planning to beat Dillashaw and get a title shot: "I overheard T.J. is looking forward to getting past me and fighting in Sacramento. Good for him. I'm looking forward to beating him and fighting for the world title. I'm not going to sit here and turn into Chael Sonnen, all respect to him. But if he's looking past me to fight in Sacramento in front of his home crowd, I'm looking past him to fight for a world title. This time, I'm not letting it go through my hands."
On being underestimated: "Everyone's looking past me. Urijah wants to fight for the title again? That's not going to happen. I'm not going to be overconfident, but I have the style to fight Barao. I've seen highlights of the guy. I've heard what he's doing in the gym. I beat Johnny Eduardo, and he's got a similar style to Barao. I have the style to give Barao a little more trouble than Urijah. I have the style to have a great main event in Brazil against Barao."
On the fight: "It's going to be a battle. Every fight is a battle of wills, and I'm just glad that he's confident. That's going to make me sharper and give me that extra edge in the fight. The guy's an athlete. It's not like he's never been in there against anybody. He's put in some time and he's training with a good group. I don't give a damn what he says – I'll still respect him. I think I'm still an up-and-comer. I'm developing every day."
On breaking his knuckles in training: "I busted my knuckles, and I don't mind busting them again (against Dillashaw)."