Raphael Asuncao is a Brazilian MMA fighter competing in the bantamweight division of UFC
currently. A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Asuncao holds some really notable UFC victories over the
likes of T. J. Dillashaw, Marlon Moraes, Joe Lauzon and Jorge Masvidal.
Early Life and Career
Born in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, Raphael Asuncao now fights out of Alpharetta, Georgia, USA.
With a professional MMA record of 12-1, Raphael Asuncao joined WEC in 2009 and made his debut
at WEC 40 against Jameel Massouh. He won the bout by unanimous decision. Next he faced Yves
Jabouin which he won as well.
Career at UFC
As one of the many WEC fighters who were transferred to UFC after the WEC-UFC merger, Raphael
Asuncao debuted on UFC against Erik Koch and lost the match. He won a match against Mike Easton
in 2012 despite breaking an arm during the first round. In 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29, he had a bout
against Dillashaw which he won by split decision.
Over the next few years, Asuncao defeated some notable matches but also sustained some injuries.
His last match was against Rob Font at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018 which he won via unanimous
Raphael Asuncao is expected to fight Marlon Moraes in a rematch on February 2, 2019 at UFC Fight
Night 144. His record currently stands at 27-5.