Raphael Assuncao Says He Could Train For a UFC Bantamweight Title Shot in Eight Weeks
Posted by Larry Csonka on 05.25.2014
He’s recovering from a rib injury…
- Raphael Assuncao (22-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC) recently spoke about preparing for a UFC Bantamweight Title fight. Assuncao was to face former champion Renan Barao at UFC 173, but a rib injury held him out of the fight. Raphael Assuncao previously defeated new champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night - Maia vs. Shields in October of 2013 via split decision. Here is what he had to say…
On His Injury Status: "I've got to get a set of X-rays and an MRI to see how the soft tissues are inside, and go from there. I think in another eight weeks, I should be completely healed."
On Dillashaw's Strategy Against Barao: "It was a similar strategy that I was going to use against Renan," he said. "So now, it's not a surprise any more. Me and T.J. already fought, and I would love to fight him again."
On Wanting to Fight Dillashaw: "All respect with the matchmakers; they make the final [decision], but there's no other fights for me right now," Assuncao said. "[T.J.] thought he won the fight. Let's do a rematch for the belt. Congrats to him. I'm happy for him. It worked out perfect. It's a sport."