The main card of the UFC Fight Night 29: "Maia vs. Shields" event tonight (Wed., Oct. 9, 2013) in Sau Paulo, Brazil kicked off with a bantamweight showdown pitting two top 10 talents, as T.J. Dillashaw battled venerable veteran Raphael Assuncao.
Not a bad way to get things started.
That's because the two threw caution to the wind and actively engaged just as soon as prompted from the Octagon referee. The Brazilian seemed to gain an early edge with effective striking but Dillashaw transitioned seamlessly to a grappling game that evened the score.
That includes a rear naked choke submission attempt that looked dangerously close to stopping the bout.
Assuncao came storming back with a near submission of his own before the two reset in the center and traded offense for the final round and a half. It was a hard fought back-and-forth battle that went to the judges, trustworthy as they always seem to be.
In the end, the decision was awarded to Assuncao via split on scores of 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28.
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