Junior Assuncao fought his way into the UFC with straight straight wins, and won his debut against Eddie Yagin. Then he lost a unanimous decision to Ross Pearson at the UFC 141 New Years show, and was released.
"I have no hard feelings towards the UFC,” Assuncao said, adding“All the big events have called me, but I’ll wait until I know exactly why UFC cut me off."
Guilherme Cruz: Do you know why you’ve been fired from the UFC?
Junior Assuncao: Until this moment I don’t really know what happened. I guess they didn’t like my last performance, maybe they expected more from the… I’m lost. Only my manager talked to them.
GC: And what did they say to your manager?
JA: According to my manager, UFC said there’re 15 extra fighters in my division and that it would take seven months for them to offer me a fight, and then they cut me off. I haven’t received a formal letter saying I’m dismissed, it was just my manager who told me that. I don’t know if there’s something behind it.
GC: Were you upset about it?
JA: I’m still kinda sad, it’s hard to say. It was the first time I loss in almost four years, and it’s weird they fired me right after it. Until I really get what happened, I have no hard feelings towards the UFC.
GC: You focused on starting it all over in the UFC. So, what comes next?
JA: I’ll keep on going. Independently of this, I’ll still fight for five more years. If I return to the UFC, great. If not, I open the door the other events.
GC: Did people from other events tried to contact you?
JA: All the big events have called me, but I’ll wait until I know exactly why UFC cut me off, I want to know what happened.
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