Junior Assuncao will begin his second stint with the UFC Saturday night when he faces Eddie Yagin on the prelim card of UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage.
Assuncao (12-4) has won six straight fights and is undefeated since a 2008 loss to Torrance Taylor.
Assuncao went 1-1 in his first experience in the UFC, falling to Kurt Pellegrino and defeating David Lee. Both bouts ended with a rear-naked choke.
Now, the Brazilian will be making his featherweight debut after competing as a lightweight his entire career.
“I didn’t have to do much, I adjusted my diet and I keep doing what I was doing for a few months,” said Assuncao, in a recent interview with Tatame.com, on the weight cut. “My last bout was in March and I’m training for this one for five months now. I’m cool with it.”
Assuncao feels like the last four years of his career have been building blocks to a return to the UFC, and, now that he is back, he doesn’t want to make this stop a brief one.
Yagin is making his debut with the UFC after claiming a title as a fighter in Tachi Palace Fights.
“He’s a tough guy, of course he deserves to be respected for fighting in that level,” Assuncao said, “but he’s a debutant in UFC. I once was a debutant and I know how the pressure feels like, what will go through his mind. I respect, like I respect all my opponents, but at the end of the day I gotta do what I do in my practices and in my last fights.
“I’ll get in there and try to impose my game plan over his and hopefully I’ll get the win in the first round.”
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