T.J. Dillashaw was coming into his fight with Raphael Assuncao on a four-fight winning streak. To date, Raphael was probably his toughest test, and Dillashaw was not able to pull out the victory. Instead, Raphael was able to earn a split decision victory, one that moves him that much closer to a title shot.
This fight was really close, but it seemed like Assuncao did the most damage on the feet and landed the more accurate shots. Dillashaw tried to get the fight to the mat, but wasn’t very successful at it. When he did, Assuncao would pop right back up, proving that Assuncao is still developing his takedown defense and grappling attack.
Now, Assuncao is on a five-fight winning streak, and is undefeated in the bantamweight division. This is a huge feather in his cap, and he will only face sternest tests from here on out in hopes of a getting a title shot, which is currently being held by Renan Barao.
Assuncao has looked great in the bantamweight division, and this was clear tonight in his win over a tough T.J. Dillashaw. Dillashaw shouldn’t hang his head though, as it was a razor close fight, and some even thought he did enough in terms of pressuring Assuncao to earn the victory.
For Assuncao, he has never looked better in his fighting career, and it seems that he is able to overpower his opponents at bantamweight, which wasn’t the case in the featherweight division. Congrats to Raphael Assuncao.