faber vs assuncao 2!!!!!!

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  1. Moonman13

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    Urijah Faber and Raphael Assuncao, who battled as featherweights at WEC 46 in 2010, will rematch, now as bantamweights, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 62 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 21. Who takes it?

    Faber has never lost non title fight, but what about 5 round main event? Haha
     
  2. ZackZed

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    Hopefully Assuncao, who deserves the title shot more than Barao. 7 fight winning streak and last man to beat the champ, what more does he need to prove?
     
  3. M Raid K

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    I think Assuncao has all tools to beat Faber this time. Assuncao has improved his striking to counter Faber from his bumrushes, and Brazilian's TDD is great. Another factor is that the fight will take place in Assuncao's home country where the jugding is shady.
     
  4. Helmut Zemo

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    Assuncao by decision. I think he breaks the streak. Their first fight was very competitive, but Assuncao has improved a lot more than Faber since then, especially with his striking. He is one of the more technical strikers in the sport now and is a legit Top-15 p4p guy, imo. I think this will be the fight to really showcase it, and the biggest worry I think will be his conditioning following the ankle injury (hopefully nothing serious), considering he doesn't have much experience with 5-rounders.

    I think Faber will struggle with his counter game and pivots, and even though Assuncao has a lot of trouble finding his range when he is the one moving forward, I don't think Faber has the right skill-set to really threaten pulling away on the cards on the feet. But when Assuncao uses his jab (like in the 3rd round against Munhoz) he can be very effective on the front-foot and we might see more of that depending on how Faber approaches this. Rivera was giving Faber all sorts of problems with his counter-punching and Assuncao is the best at that in the division. Couple that in with a solid game utilizing his kicks and knees, which have troubled Faber over his career, and I see him having a bad time on the feet.

    Assuncao's grappling has improved too. When Dillashaw took him down in the first he got up with a nice arm drag and elevation from butterfly guard, then pummeled for the underhook and drove Dillashaw off him. Dillashaw isn't the overall grappler Faber is, but he does some things and set-ups with his wrestling at not a totally different level. Assuncao is one of the best counter-wrestlers out of the lighter weight guys, and he might even be better than Faber in scrambles these days. His mat game is cold, the escapes from the bottom are very technical and crafty, his guard passing is still some of the best in the division if he gets to that position (against Lee he had that s-mount transition into the armbar), and he has a nasty and practical guard game, which is actually fairly rare in MMA today with how well-rounded fighters have gotten.

    Assuncao shouldn't get frustrated if Faber tries to control the distance like he did against McDonald with the pot-shooting, and force him to create openings in other ways. I think he has shown that he won't be set-up so easily by foot traps like the Dillashaw fight showed, so Faber will likely need to show something new. Assuncao will need to have the right game-plan for Faber's right hand, especially the cross counter which along with his understanding of angles, he has gotten better at setting up over the past couple years. Still, despite Faber's technical improvements he still relies on athleticism quite a bit, and I don't see that being enough for the top guys in the division (Cruz, Dillashaw, Assuncao, Barao).
     
  5. ovbious

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    Eyepokes allowed?
     
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    I wonder is faber will throw another poke when/if he gets frustrated (not bashing)
    I still believe imo that shit was intentional
     
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    Faber will win if it is not a title fight.
     
  8. Monkey Pride

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    Tough call. Good fight.
     
  9. SKITZADACTYL

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    imo faber is still too much for him, and most of the division. non championship bout faber is a fucking gorilla.
     
  10. HIMBOB

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    WHAT?

    Raph is back and ready to roll??

    Im happy Barao is getting the shot at TJ, but Raph was excluded from that because he was injured and now he is fighting just over a month before Renan.

    Me so bery confused.



    Happy but confused.


    I got Faber personally.
     
  11. edwardfingerhut

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    Would have rathered Faber vs Edgar
     
  12. The Judas Pig

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    And the judging is any better in the US?
     
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    Assuncao looks mad good lately. Faber can't poke his way out of this one.
     
  14. MaveDeltzer

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    Assuncao will get his moment in the sun getting to main event, then Urijah will say "smile for the camera"
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    and finish him.
     
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    So somehow Assuncao's injury miraculously got healed to fight Faber than an actual title he pulled out of against Dillashaw when it's at a later date?

    The UFC as of late really pisses me off with their biased match making.
     
  16. anthony stark

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    i don't get why assuncao's not getting a title shot
     
  17. stevenseagle

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    Assuncao via Decision. It's Brazil card right. That's wassup
     
  18. Just Jared

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    I really wanted to see the Faber-Rivera rematch instead of this but I guess Rivera isn't ready to go for a while still, unfortunately.

    Good fight either way. I think Assuncao could pull the upset. Faber has seemed like he's starting to slow down in his last two fights. Should be interesting.
     

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