Raphael Assuncao came into his fight against Bryan Caraway tonight (Sat., Oct. 4, 2014) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 54: "MacDonald vs. Saffiedine" at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, having won six consecutive bouts, including a split decision over current Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw.
You can imagine, then, how important this contest was to his standing in the 135-pound division.
Caraway, for his part, was game. He was aggressive at the outset, eager to jump in an initiate a clinch without bothering to set it up. He was also willing to stand and trade shots.
It wasn't long before that strategy came back to bite him. Assuncao, always the better striker, commanded the cage and quickly gained the advantage by landing the better strikes. And while Caraway earned two takedowns throughout the 15-minute affair, he did nothing with either.
Caraway made it interesting in the sense that he continued moving forward despite eating so much offense, but ultimately he wore down. When his final flurry failed to earn a finish, it looked clear Assuncao had emerged victorious.
Final scores: 30-27 across the board, all in favor of the Brazilian.
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