Junior Assuncao will return to the Octagon at UFC 135. | Photo:
Multiple injuries have altered the UFC
135 “Jones vs. Rampage” undercard, as two bouts have been
scratched from bill.
Promotion officials have announced that Norifumi
Yamamoto will not square off against Damacio
Page and Manny
Gamburyan will not lock horns with Diego Nunes,
as originally anticipated at the Sept. 24 event. Instead, the
UFC confirmed a previously reported featherweight confrontation
between recent signings Eddie Yagin
Assuncao, which will partially fill the void left by the
Headlined by a light heavyweight title conflict between champion
Jones and former titleholder Quinton
Jackson, UFC 135 will emanate from the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Airing live on pay-per-view, the event’s main draw will also
feature a welterweight contest between UFC hall of famer Matt Hughes
and former lightweight title contender Diego
Sanchez, as well as a 155-pound showdown pitting onetime
Pride Fighting Championships king Takanori
Gomi against “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 winner Nate Diaz.
An 11-year pro, Yagin recently earned the most significant win of
his career at Tachi
Palace Fights 10, submitting former
Bellator Fighting Championships titleholder Joe Soto with a
guillotine choke in just two minutes. The Hawaiian returned to the
cage in 2011 after an 18-month layoff, earning a technical knockout
Neri in June.
Unlike his foe, Assuncao will bring some UFC experience into the
Octagon on Sept. 24. Competing as a lightweight, the Brazilian
posted a 1-2 record in the world’s largest promotion before being
released in 2007. Since his departure, Assuncao has won seven of
eight fights, most recently choking out Wesley
Murch on March 31 in Brazil.