With the UFC 135 untelevised prelim card reduced to just three bouts due to several injuries, the UFC has gone to the well and recruited two featherweights to fill that gap on a month's notice. Returning to the Octagon after four years is Junior Assuncao, who will face Tachi Palace Fights standout, Eddie Yagin. MMA Weekly has the report:
Sources close to the match-up confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday with verbal agreements in place for the Sept fight.
Since getting axed from the UFC following a submission loss to Nate Diaz in September of 2007, BJJ black belt Junior Assuncao has gone 7-1, and is currently on a six-fight winning streak. Based out of Atlanta along with his brother and current UFC bantamweight Raphael, Junior brings an excellent ground game as well as the valuable experience of three previous UFC fights.
Yagin, a Hawaiian native who trains at the rapidly-growing Alliance camp in San Diego alongside Phil Davis, Dominick Cruz and Brandon Vera, is coming off the most impressive win of his career, a submission victory over former Bellator champ Joe Soto at Tachi Palace Fights 10 earlier this month. Yagin has mainly competed in Hawaii throughout his career.
Junior Assuncao (12-4)
Win Wes Murch (submission - rear naked choke) - Recife Fighting Championships 4
Win Mark Miller (KO - punch) - Recife Fighting Championships 3
Win John Mahlow (submission - guillotine) - XFC 10
Eddie "The Philippine Phenom" Yagin (15-4-1)
Win Joe Soto (submission - guillotine) - TPF 10
Win Joe Neri (TKO - elbows) - Gladiator Challenge - Full Force
Loss Diego Saraiva (TKO - doctor stoppage) - TPF 2