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Highlights! Davey Grant retires Raphael Assuncao with rare reverse triangle | UFC Las Vegas

Davey Grant spoiled Raphael Assuncao’s retirement sendoff earlier today (Sat., Mar. 11, 2023) at UFC Las Vegas live on ESPN+ from inside The Theater at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada, when the English veteran stopped Assuncao with a rare reverse triangle in the third round.

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Assuncao was entering his 19th and final UFC fight. The Brazilian veteran has fought some of the best bantamweights in the world throughout his career and was facing a tough test in Grant for his Octagon farewell. Unfortunately, it didn’t end the way Assuncao had imagined.

After two rounds of control for Assuncao it seemed as if Grant needed a finish in the third round. Grant was deducted one point for a fence grab which further fueled his pursuit for a stoppage. He eventually caught Assuncao with a spinning back fist. Assuncao tried to recover with a takedown attempt, but Grant took his back on the way down and locked in a rare reverse triangle. Assuncao was pinned down and the referee eventually realized he was out.

Check out the final moments above courtesy of UFC/ESPN.

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