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Raphael Assuncao will be 'pissed' if he doesn't get Renan Barao UFC title fight next

Respect must be earned, not demanded. But, has Raphael Assuncao done enough to warrant a fight against UFC Bantamweight champion, Renan Barao, next?

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Let's try this again, shall we?

After Raphael Assuncao's original opponent for UFC 170, Francisco Rivera, was forced out of the fight with an injury, the Brazilian was quick to ask for a title fight against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion, Renan Barao.

He got Pedro Munhoz instead.

But, now that the scrappy Brazilian has passed his latest mixed martial arts (MMA) test, defeating Munhoz via unanimous decision, Assuncao is -- once again -- requesting a fight against Barao.

This time, however, he is done playing nice, telling Fox Sports that he will be "pissed" if he doesn't get the championship opportunity that he feels he earned.

His words:

"I'll be pissed if it doesn't happen. You know what? I'm proud of what I've done. I look at it and I try to stay humble and do what I've got to do, but I think people forget, I'm the first guy to beat the win streak at Nova Uniao with Johnny Eduardo. He had an 11-fight win streak and I beat him, and people say, 'That's nothing.' So then I beat Mike Easton. He was on a win streak, and I broke it. Then I beat T.J. Dillashaw. They had a new coach and they're on a tear, and I'm the guy who stopped that win streak. A title shot, it wouldn't be a gift. I worked for it. They wouldn't be giving it to me for free. I earned it."

Indeed, no one can argue that Assuncao has done the necessary work to warrant consideration at Barao's strap, winning six straight against some rather stiff competition. And he isn't going to accept another fight unless it's for the belt.

He explains:

"I'm ready to challenge the champ. No pressure. I'm going to have fun. I'm going to be happy. I mean, I'm always happy fighting, but that will be a special fight I'm not interested in fighting anybody else. No other fight makes sense to me, to be honest. As far as managing, I've been managing myself from the beginning, so if I don't start speaking up for myself, nobody will. And respectfully, I won't take any other fight right now."

He's laid down the gauntlet, but will Barao -- and more important -- UFC matchmakers, feel he's a worthy opponent?

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