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UFC 135: Junior Assuncao Vs. Eddie Yagin

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Round 1: A minute passes and so far these two have bee content to feel each other out. Yagin counters on a lunging shot by Assuncao. Yagin tries to wade in on his longer opponent with a right hand but he misses. Assuncao drives for the takedown and gets Yagin down against the fence. Yagin threatens with the triangle, but Assuncao avoids. Yagin showing some nice defense from his back though. He eats a few hard shots before springing to his feet and landing a nice right hand. The action stalls and the crowd boos. Assuncao changes levels nicely to avoid a punch and puts Yagin back on the mat. Yagin tries to land elbows at the bell; the crowd boos. scores the round 10-9 for Assuncao

Round 2: Assuncao misses on some strikes and is then stuffed thoroughly on a takedown attempt; he barely avoids a knee by Yagin. Assuncao very hesitant to engage on the feet apparently and Yagin is having a hard time fighting his way inside. Assuncao drives for another takedown and briefly gets it against the cage; Assuncao shows some slick grappling in taking Yagin’s back, but Yagin shakes him off quickly and separates. Assuncao looks awkward in his stand-up and Yagin seems to be having a hard time figuring out how to get off. As a result, little more is happening at this point than the occasional leg kick by Assuncao. The crowd boos loudly. Assuncao drives for and gets the takedown. Yagin grabs the guillotine and it looks deep, but Assuncao shakes his finger and breaks out. Yagin gets to his feet. Mostly a staring contest until the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Assuncao

Round 3: Assuncao lands a leg kick but drops for the takedown after Yagin throws a few hard counters. Yagin stuffs the takedown and briefly takes top position, but Assuncao ain’t having it and uses butterfly guard to fight to his feet. Assuncao drives for another takedown and presses Yagin into the fence. With Assuncao around his waist, Yagin takes a deep breath and drops for the guillotine, squeezing like a vice. Assuncao avoids again though and now has Yagin down with his back against the fence. Assuncao landing some ground and pound, a series of left hands. Assuncao is landing a torrent of blows on Yagin now. There’s still a minute to go and Yagin looks like he wants to be anywhere but here. Assunco is tiring some himself, but he keeps the stream of strikes going until the bell. scores the round 10-8 for Assuncao

Junior Assuncao defeated Eddie Yagin via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)