Seeking a rematch against the UFC Bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw and a chance to fight for the belt, Raphael Assuncao has his line drawn to achieve his goal. The Brazilian contender told Tatame.com.br that he's going to do his part by beating Bryan Caraway at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine, on October 4, and then wait for his title shot become offcial .
"I'll do what I have to do, which is to win, and then wait. However, this time I hope that not just I do my part but also that things happen. After everything what happened, now it has to be my turn. I've been in this camp since some time now. My only concern is to not hurt myself again. About Bryan, I confess that I haven't started to study him, but I'll soon start to watch his previous fights with my team and make a gameplan for this bout. He's coming from a good streak and beat tough opponents, so it's a fight that makes sense."
Assuncao was the more obvious option to fight for the belt at UFC 173, on May 24, but he had a injury in his rib and watched not only Dillashaw take his place but become the champion by beating Renan Barao by TKO. The former title holder then failed to make the weight before of the immediate rematch booked to August 30th at UFC 177, so Dillashaw KO'd the late replacement Joe Soto in a title shot that Assuncao felt should have been his.
Assuncao was ahead of Dillashaw in the UFC official ranking before UFC 173 because he won their 2013 bout by a close and controversial split decision at UFC Fight Night 29, promoted in Barueri, Brazil.