Junior Assuncao’s second stint with the UFC got off to a much better start than his first, as the picked up a victory over Eddie Yagin last weekend at UFC 135. In 2006, Assuncao stepped inside the Octagon but went just 1-2 and left the promotion.
Now, fresh off the unanimous decision victory over Yagin, Assuncao (13-4) is planning on staying active, as he believes another fight with the UFC will come his way before the year is over.
“I got a name, but no date yet. I believe I’ll fight again this year…it’s a good fight,” Assuncao said in an interview with Tatame.com. “I can’t say yet who’s gonna be, but I called Rafael Cordeiro and I’m gonna train there for my next fight.”
The move to work with Cordeiro means Assuncao will be working with Kings MMA and fighters like Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Fabricio Werdum and Mark Munoz. He says working on ending fights early is a point of emphasis.
“Although I didn’t finish my last fight (in) the first round, the bosses believe in me. I want to evolve even more,” Assuncao said. “I expect good training and good adjusts in my game and style. I’ll finish my next fight (in) the first round.”
The 30-year-old Brazilian has won seven straight fights, including two by submission and one via knockout. In his first stint with the UFC, Assuncao lost to Nate Diaz and Kurt Pellegrino, while defeating David Lee. All three bouts were ended by a choke.