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1/23/12 7:44 PM
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Junior Assuncao  is hoping the third time will be the charm. After being released from the UFC for the second time in four years, the featherweight expressed great confusion over his unexpected firing but vowed to make another run at the big leagues.

“I JUST GOT CUT FROM THE UFC!! WOW… APPARENTLY THEY DID NOT LIKE MY LAST FIGHT. THANKS @ufc FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. TO MY FANS, I’LL BE BACK!” Assuncao tweeted on Monday. “The Boss himself told me the fight was good, got a performance $, was in a good win STREAK before that last fight. I DONT UNDERSTAND!

“If I knew I was getting cut I would got the easier fight”

Assuncao owns a 13-5 professional record, but went 1-1 in his latest stint inside the Octagon. He collected his seventh straight victory by beating Eddie Yagin at UFC 135, but followed it up with a unanimous decision loss to Ross Pearson last month at UFC 141.

The 30-year-old was 1-2 in his first tenure with the UFC. The organization initially severed ties with him after getting submitted by Nate Diaz at “UFC Fight Night 11? in September 2007.

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1/23/12 7:47 PM
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Methinks this had something to do with the thread Junior made on the UG disputing his loss.

This reeks of Gerald Harris. It's not that you lost, it's how you lost and what you did after said loss. 
1/23/12 7:48 PM
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That sucks. It was a good fight.
1/23/12 7:50 PM
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Junior is an excellent fighter and he will be back.
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Hikikomori - Methinks this had something to do with the thread Junior made on the UG disputing his loss.

This reeks of Gerald Harris. It's not that you lost, it's how you lost and what you did after said loss. 

THIS
JUST like the Gerald Harris situation.
And i think Harris had even won three in a row before his loss?
1/23/12 7:51 PM
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Also somewhat like Todd Duffee, one loss and cut.
DFW later said it was due to his attittude/personality.
1/23/12 7:55 PM
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MasterofMartialArts - Also somewhat like Todd Duffee, one loss and cut.
DFW later said it was due to his attittude/personality.



Maybe if they had the skills of a Nick Diaz their attitude and personality wouldnt be such a negative. On the other hand, the Dana White works in mysterious ways.
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 He definitely seemed baffled at why he lost despite like 90% of MMA publications thinking he did, perhaps that played into it.

Still sucks for anybody to be cut after one loss though, no doubt.
1/23/12 8:00 PM
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Maybe its because his hat is always sideways? With Dana, it could be anything.
1/23/12 8:00 PM
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MasterofMartialArts - Also somewhat like Todd Duffee, one loss and cut.
DFW later said it was due to his attitude/personality.



Maybe if they had the skills of a Nick Diaz their attitude and personality wouldnt be such a negative. On the other hand, the Dana White works in mysterious ways.
I agree with this, it's odd.
Todd Duffee was thought of as the next prospect at HW after finishing Hague in like 8 seconds.
Then lost to Russow by KO.
Maybe his attitude was more of a "i dont want to learn and would rather complain alot" attitude rather than a "I'm a fighter and don't give a fuck what anyone says" attitude ala Nick Diaz.
Plus Todd seemed rather cocky to be a fairly inexperienced fighter.
  
1/23/12 8:01 PM
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Weird.
1/23/12 8:03 PM
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That is odd, i doubt Pearson would've been cut had he lost.
1/23/12 8:05 PM
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Don't understand this decision. Phone Post
1/23/12 8:13 PM
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that's a stacked division... possibly making room for another prospect? Phone Post
1/23/12 8:14 PM
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Hikikomori - Methinks this had something to do with the thread Junior made on the UG disputing his loss.

This reeks of Gerald Harris. It's not that you lost, it's how you lost and what you did after said loss. 

THIS
JUST like the Gerald Harris situation.
And i think Harris had even won three in a row before his loss?

 
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 I think they should settle their differences on the UG.

Dana vs. Junior.
1/23/12 8:32 PM
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Two years later truth surfaces: Dana hates when people tweet in all CAPS.
1/23/12 8:34 PM
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Much respect for Junior. His last couple of fights may not have been edge of your seat entertaining, but dude is a skilled and talented fighter, I'm sure he'll be back. Phone Post
1/23/12 8:41 PM
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CapnsavemIsDead - that's a stacked division... possibly making room for another prospect? <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


It's the opposite of a stacked division. It's the worst division in MMA. Pride and Strikeforce didn't have 145 pound divisions. The UFC didn't have one until recently. Bellator is still a relatively new company. Therefore most fighters who could have reasonably fought at 155, did. That's in part why 155 is arguably still the most stacked division in MMA, if it's not LHW who benefits from fighters cutting down enough so they don't have to face huge weight disadvantages because of the big gap before the HW limit.

And not only is 145 a terrible division compared to the others, but the UFC has been expanding their shows if you noticed and as a result have been signing one random fighter after another. So they hardly need to "make room" at 145 or anywhere else really for that matter.

They cut him because of something he said, did, or his style. And they can justify doing so because there is no union in place and without it they can divide and conquer.
1/23/12 8:48 PM
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Easytarget - That is odd, i doubt Pearson would've been cut had he lost.


He is English, of course not. Dont you know anything?

Not enough worthy english mixed martial artist for Dana to cut even one.

 Quite a few have been cut over the years.
1/23/12 9:06 PM
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 it was a good fight because his opponent made it a good fight.  His last fight was horrid.
1/23/12 9:27 PM
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This can't be due to his recent performances, ross Pearson is a good fighter, and Junior did better than most thought he would.

It's most likely attitude-related.
1/23/12 9:27 PM
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MMALOGIC -  it was a good fight because his opponent made it a good fight.  His last fight was horrid.


How much is the UFC paying you, because whatever it is, it's not enough? You are a first class shill. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
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It must have been something which happened behind the scene. To be cut after 1 loss it's preposterous Phone Post
1/23/12 9:32 PM
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I guess I kinda look at it like this. He got back into the UFC and fought a stinker with Yagin. Then he spent his time talking and calling out Ross Pearson and again fought another stinker and lost.

Though I many not necessarily agree with the decision I can see why they did it.

The Gerald Harris thing made less sense to me because he had won a few in a row in exciting fashion via TKO and KO. One loss shouldn't have gotten him cut because he had built up some momentum

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