Junior Assuncao picked up an uneventful unanimous decision win over Eddie Yagin in a featherweight fight at UFC 135. The bout will likely be remembered most for the lack of action and Assuncao's demeanor, which saw him clowning around and taunting Yagin while alternatively begging off and refusing to engage on the feet. The final scores were 30-27, 30-26, and 30-26.
The first two rounds saw Assuncao get a few takedowns after Yagin missed with a strike, but he couldn't do much with any of them. The only impressive round for Assuncao was the third, where he shook off a guillotine attempt by Yagin and spent the rest of the round on the ground beating him up. It was enough to earn a 10-8 round from two judges. The bout was the third fight on the preliminary portion of the UFC 135 broadcast, and was streamed on Facebook.
What was the high spot of this fight?
The final horn. Seriously, this wasn't a good fight. Assuncao's constant showboating with nothing to show for it had the crowd booing a lot, and really turned off a lot of viewers.
Where do these guys go from here?
Assuncao obviously has a lot of skill and can maybe make some noise in the featherweight division. It remains to be seen how he would handle a more aggressive opponent though, since Yagin played Assuncao's game a lot. He'll be given a tougher test next time out, and I'd really like it to be a speedy, tough guy like Erik Koch or Dustin Poirier. That's probably too-much-too-soon for Assuncao at this point, but it'd be really nice if someone could put the guy's arrogance in check a bit.
Yagin will get another fight in the organization, but he doesn't seem like he will ever be a top-flight featherweight. He has a solid guillotine and good, well-rounded skills, but he has always had problems with fighters that are quicker than him. A bout with Rani Yahya could be interesting.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Never. The fight was slow and plodding and quite frankly, Assuncao was annoying. Save your time for a fight with more action and less arrogance.
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UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones vs. Rampage Jackson Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena
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UFC 135 Post-Fight Press Conference Coverage - Tim Burke
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UFC 135 Results: Jon Jones Forces Rampage Jackson to Tap Out - Matthew Roth
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UFC 135 Results: Tony Ferguson Breaks Aaron Riley's Jaw In The First - Matthew Roth
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Spike TV Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 135 Results: Tim Boetsch Gives Nick Ring His First Career Loss - Matthew Roth
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