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UFC 226 results: Raphael Assuncao scores one-sided win over Rob Font

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Raphael Assuncao isn’t going away until someone gives him a title shot.

Few fighters have been in the championship conversation without getting a crack at the gold as long as Assuncao has in the UFC’s bantamweight division.

And while champion T.J. Dillashaw and former titleholders Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz remain the divisional glamor boys, Assuncao has always been a quiet workhorse.

The Georgia resident by way of Brazil won for the 11th time in his past 12 fights on Saturday night at UFC 226, with a solid bell-to-bell performance against the always tough Rob Font.

The judges’ scores at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas were 30-27 across the board for a unanimous decision.

“I’ve been quiet, I’ve been a professional,” Assuncao (27-5) said, “Boss, please, I’m here, what else do I have to do? I’m in my prime right now.”

The opening round was a tactical affair, with both fighters sticking and moving and landing with elbows and kicks. Assuncao, however, landed the bigger and more precise shots, including a straight right hand which scored a knockdown.

Assuncao showed off his ground skills in the second, as he scored an early takedown, then effortlessly shifted from the top to Font’s back to side control, where he landed offense for about half the round before Font schemed his way back to his feet.

The always-tough Bostonian is never out of a fight, and searched for a way in the final stanza, but Assuncao snuffed out any hopes of a Font comeback with a takedown with two minutes remaining in the fight.

The victory was Assuncao’s fourth in a row. His only loss in the past seven years was a decision against Dillashaw. Font (15-4), for his part, has dropped two of his past three fights.