raphael-assuncao-2.jpgUFC bantamweight contender Raphael Assuncao (18-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has signed a new four-fight deal with MMA’s largest promotion.

The Brazilian recently announced the deal via Twitter, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed the contract with sources close to the promotion.

“New UFC 4 fight deal contract under way,” Assuncao wrote.

Assuncao is currently ranked at No. 9 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com bantamweight rankings after putting together consecutive wins over Mike Easton, Issei Tamura and Johnny Eduardo at 135 pounds.

That run followed a disappointing 1-3 stretch while competing at 145 pounds in one bout for the UFC and three for the now-defunct WEC promotion. Overall, Assuncao is 6-3 in his nine total fights for Zuffa-owned promotions.

The 30-year-old Assuncao fought most recently in December during an impressive unanimous-decision win over Easton but suffered a broken arm and was forced to the sidelines. Still, he teased that a new booking should be released soon.

“Can’t wait to fight again!” Assuncao wrote on Twitter. “Got some news coming up shortly!”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Depsite past win over champ Dillashaw, Raphael Assuncao just wants to be remembered

  • 29 days ago
  • 18 views

Raphael Assuncao hasn’t fought since October 2014, but with UFC bantamweight title on the line on Sunday at UFC Fight Night 81, his name is as relevant as ever. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Raphael Assuncao 'fine' with Faber getting first shot at new champ Cruz

  • 23 days ago
  • 12 views

A year ago Raphael Assuncao had tunnel-vision on the UFC bantamweight title. His focus now, though, is simply getting healthy enough to fight again.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

CM Punk Reveals 8-Fight UFC Plan, Expects 'Disappointed' Fans After Debut Bout

  • 23 days ago
  • 25 views

CM Punk indicated that he has signed an eight-fight UFC deal and has prepared his detractors to be "disappointed" when he wins his debut clash later this year. The former WWE star is adamant that his read news >>

Assuncao sets his sights after injury layoff

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC bantamweight Raphael Assuncao is nearing his return to the Octagon after a lengthy injury layoff, and he's already setting his sights on the division. read news >>

Conor McGregor’s Plan was Always to Hold Two UFC Titles at the Same Time

  • 19 days ago
  • 6 views

From the moment he signed his name on the UFC contract in 2013, Conor McGregor's plan was to hold two UFC world titles at the same time. read news >>

Al Iaquinta: I'll be unstoppable when I come back with two healthy knees

  • 16 days ago
  • 15 views

Al Iaquinta ended 2015 riding a four-fight winning streak. With things fully clicking in his UFC career, Iaquinta had to put things on hold to have damage to the articular cartilage in his knee.It is read news >>

Former UFC champ Benson Henderson announces he's signed with Bellator

  • 11 days ago
  • 24 views

His manager said Benson Henderson would be signing a new deal soon. Today, the former UFC champion went ahead and broke the news: He’s signed with Bellator.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Bellator Signs Former Pride Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov

  • 8 days ago
  • 2 views

Pride and Strikeforce veteran Sergei Kharitonov is the latest free agent signed by Bellator MMA. read news >>

ONE exec: We made a play for Benson Henderson, will make play for others

  • 3 days ago
  • 7 views

If Benson Henderson hadn’t signed with Bellator, ONE Championship was apparently a serious contender to land the former UFC and WEC lightweight champion.Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC read news >>