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UFC Fight Night 29: Raphael Assuncao Vs. T.J. Dillashaw

Raphael Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw

Bantamweights looking to make some noise duke it out next, as Raphael Assuncao (20-4) puts his four-fight win streak on the line against T.J. Dillashaw (8-1), who also has won his last four. Dillashaw is one of the few Team Alpha Male fighters not currently lined up for the December card from Sacramento. We’ll have Mario Yamasaki in charge of the fighters.

This should really be a good one, as Dillashaw is trying to keep the 13-fight unbeaten streak for Team Alpha Male intact under Duane Ludwig.

Round 1: Assuncao with the first blow of the fight, landing a right. Jon Anik reports that neither fighter has been taken down in their UFC careers. Assuncao sharp with his striking in the early going, as Dillashaw has been just a fraction off. Dillashaw switches stances and lands a single-leg takedown. Assuncao quickly to his feet, and nearly takes his back in the process. Sweeping leg kicks by the Brazilian. Dillashaw comes back with his own head kick attempt, and Assuncao scores with a combo. Head kick lands by Dillashaw, but Assuncao just catches it and moves forward. Nice sprawl and Dillashaw winds up on the back, locking in both hooks and looking for a rear-naked choke with two minutes to go. Assuncao goes to the ground and is no longer being choked. He breaks free, but Dillashaw remains on his back and secures the choke once again with 80 seconds left. Dillashaw putting a lot into this, but he can’t get the tap. Dillashaw flattens Assuncao to his belly, but the Brazilian gets to his feet. Slap of hands to show respect for the exchange. Great match so far, great match. Assuncao has some swelling under his eye.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dillashaw

Round 2: Assuncao switching stances and lands a big left, followed by a kick to the lead leg. Both catch leg kicks, but neither can score with a trip takedown off it. Assuncao throwing more power shots, spinning attempts, while Dillashaw is measuring and using more precise striking. Big kick to the body by the Brazilian. Assuncao defends a takedown and lands a nasty right, exciting the by-partisan crowd. Takedown and Assuncao goes for a choke off it. Dillashaw gets out of it, moves to the mount and still has his head caught by Assuncao. Just over two minutes left in the round. Dillashaw gets out and free, but is likely behind after that smooth submission attempt. Left hook by Assuncao after each fighter throws a series of strikes in a matter of moments. Just beautiful exchanges through almost two rounds of action. Dillashaw gets the takedown and has a hook in. He’s bleeding out of the nose, and Assuncao quickly gets out.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Assuncao

Round 3: Dillashaw the aggressor, landing a nice knee. His corner told him he might have lost round two, and he appears to have a sense of urgency with that information. Dillashaw drops him with a shot, though it appears as if Assuncao may have moved for a takedown at the same time. Regardless, Assuncao is backing up plenty this round and Dillashaw is moving forward. Dillashaw now cut over his eye as we go under two minutes left in the fight. Nice knee to the body by Dillashaw, followed by a left hook. Dillashaw scores with a sort-of takedown, and fends off one from Assuncao. Big right lands by Dillashaw, and Assuncao waves him on to keep coming.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Dillashaw

Raphael Assuncao def. T.J. Dillashaw via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)