Raphael Assunção has said he will retire from the sport of mixed martial arts.
The Brazilian fighter took off his gloves after losing by third-round submission to Davy Grant in the qualifying stage of Saturday’s UFC Las Vegas event. Assunso announced his retirement from MMA in an interview with UFC color commentator Daniel Cormier after the fight.
“First of all, I thank God for giving me strength up to this age,” said Assunção. You guys called the show.It’s a very tough career.I’ve been doing it professionally for 19 years and I think now is the time.I’ve put a lot of effort into this training camp away from my family. , I think that’s the end for me.”
This is a great finish for Tainan…
Before joining the now defunct organization known as World Extreme Cage Fighting (WEC), Asunka had a 13-1 record during the first few years of her professional career. The jiu-jitsu black belt competed in the featherweight division during his tenure with the organization, where he posted a 3-2 record.
After the merger of the WEC and UFC, Assunção made his debut for the Las Vegas-based promotion at UFC 128. However, he was knocked out by Eric Koch in the first round. He then moved up to the bantamweight division and won seven straight fights, including against famous fighters such as TJ Dillashaw, Pedro Muñoz and Brian Callaway. His winning streak came to an end with his rematch with Dillashaw at UFC 200. In his three of his four subsequent matches, Assunção regained his winning ways with decisions against his Aljamain Sterling, Marlon Moraes and Rob Font.
Meanwhile, a 40-year-old man experienced a drought. Then there were losses at the hands of Moraes, Cory Sandhagen, Cody Garbrandt and Ricky Simon, and Assunson hinted he might retire. Despite this, Assunson decided to retire as a result of this recent loss.
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