Assuncao expects winner of Dillashaw vs. Barao


Earlier this week the UFC announced that TJ Dillashaw would fight Renan Barao at UFC 173 for the bantamweight title. Media questioned the decision, as Raphael Assuncao seemed to be the right choice, however Assuncao revealed that he was unable to take the fight due to an injury:

Unbeaten since cutting down to 135 pounds in the UFC with six straight victories, Assuncao was offered to fight Renan Barao at UFC 173 main event in May, but had to decline the offer due to an injury.

T.J. Dillashaw, who lost to Assuncao last October, will headline the card against Barao, and Assuncao expects to fight the champion later in 2014.

"Because of my rib injury and not being cleared by the doctors, I couldn’t get the title fight at UFC 173 on May 24," Assuncao wrote on his Facebook page. "I’m upset, but I’ll be training and waiting for my shot, and I will be the next challenger."

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JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

3/30/14 1:53 AM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

That fight will draw less PPV buys than Barao vs Dillashaw. If it's Barao vs Assuncao (it will be), it should be Fight Pass or FS1 at best. Or FOX if they sell it on the basis of "title fight on free tv". Even on FOX it will do Ben Henderson level numbers. No one cares at all and all 3 of these guys could stroll through an airport the day before Thanksgiving with a sandwich board reading "UFC Fighter" and Barao wearing his belt and still no one would stop them or notice them. But if Dana White in a baseball cap walked through that same airport he would be surrounded with pic seekers. This is the byproduct of Dana White getting all of the promotion. You end up with top fighters being on a who gives a shit list. Which is especially sad for a guy as talented as Barao.

Paul_Blanka_Harris site profile image  

3/30/14 1:47 AM by Paul_Blanka_Harris

zero comments because nobody cares about the little guys