MMAFrenzy’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 29 continues with our recap of tonight’s main card opener between Raphael Assunção and T.J. Dillashaw. In a battle of Top Ten bantamweights, the Brazilian would vault into contendership after a close victory tonight in Barueri, São Paulo, Brazil.
Assunção Edges Dillashaw
In tonight’s opener, Raphael Assunção would put himself in the title picture with a very tight victory over T.J. Dillashaw. After alternating rounds through two, the bout all came down to a very close third round. While Dillashaw was advancing more, Assunção would land more effective power shots that secured the card for him on two of the three scorecards. The victory gives the Alpharetta, GA resident his fifth straight victory in the Octagon while snapping Dillashaw’s four-fight win streak.
Rd. 1- Big legkick by RA to start the fight. RA with a nasty right hand as well. Headkick by Dillashaw and he lands a legkick. Smooth takedown by Dillashaw but RA is right back up. Nice combo by RA. Big headkick by RA but he eats it. Dillashaw misses a takedown and blocks and spins a counter takedown by RA. Standing neck crank by Dillashaw and he switches to a Gable grip RNC but RA escapes. RA escapes to his feet and he is wearing some damage now. Dillashaw slips on a headkick but scrambles to his feet. Great first round. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Dillashaw.
Rd. 2- Assuncao’s eye looks bad to start the round. RA with a legkick and he catches a kick from Dillashaw to land a body kick of his own. Headkick by Dillashaw. RA catches a kick and blasts Dillashaw with a strike. Takedown attempt by Dillashaw and he end up in a guillotine choke. Dillashaw recovers but ends up in another choke. Referee checks Dillashaw but he is fine. RA basically has a front-headlock and uses it to stand up. Nasty left hook by RA to counter Dillashaw. RA misses a takedown after slipping on a kick and Dillashaw takes him down and takes RA’s back. RA escapes but eats a knee on the way up. Big flurry as the round ends and both land solid shots. Excellent fight. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Assunção but it is close.
Rd. 3- Dillashaw tries a jumping attack but eats a right and is taken down. Dillashaw with a knee after escaping but again his kick is caught. Dillashaw counters a head kick with a nice right. RA with a good combo of his own. RA tries a single but it is not there. Both fighters have bloody noses now. Great sprawl by Dillashaw and he lands a knee to the body on the way back up. Nasty cut above Dillashaw’s right eye now. Nice jab by RA as he makes Dillashaw chase. RA is showing great cage awareness but eats a nice left hook. Body kick by by RA. Dillashaw with a takedown attempt but RA uses the cage to stuff it. Body kick by Dillashaw. Both look for openings as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has a very close fight 29-28 Assunção but it could go either way.
Raphael Assunção def. T.J. Dillashaw via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)