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It Will Be a Cold Day In Hell Before Raphael Assuncao Gets a Title Shot

Brazilian stalwart Raphael Assuncao has done the work and put in the time, and in 13 appearances in the Octagon, has only lost twice. He’s also gone 1-1 against bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But it will be a cold day in hell before Assuncao ever gets a title shot.

This is the sad truth, and it stems from the fact that… well… the dude simply isn’t popular enough.

Assuncao knows this. He knows that he, above just about everyone else, deserves a crack at Dillashaw’s belt, and that he won’t get it because the general public has no clue who he is.

As per MMAFighting:

“I don’t know any other reason I shouldn’t be the next guy, unless they go by Twitter followers,” Assuncao told MMA Fighting. “If they go by Twitter followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. And I can cry about it but that’s the truth, right? There’s nothing more I can do about it other than campaign and try to be a truthful guy. If they go by who has the most Twitter followers and Instagram followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. But if they go by the most deserving, the most consistent, and one of the best fighters in the division, I’ll be that guy. I’d definitely be that guy.

“I’ve never missed weight. I’m the most consistent guy in this division, probably up there with T.J., because T.J. is a pretty consistent champion,” Assuncao added. “I think he’s one of the most consistent guys out there. Other than myself and T.J., there’s no other fighter in there who’s as consistent as we are.”

Let’s conduct a little science experiment. Let’s keep track of how many times his name is inserted into the conversation when it comes to the UFC drumming up interest in finding a suitable opponent for Dillashaw.

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It Will Be a Cold Day In Hell Before Raphael Assuncao Gets a Title Shot

Brazilian stalwart Raphael Assuncao has done the work and put in the time, and in 13 appearances in the Octagon, has only lost twice. He’s also gone 1-1 against bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But it will be a cold day in hell before Assuncao ever gets a title shot.

This is the sad truth, and it stems from the fact that… well… the dude simply isn’t popular enough.

Assuncao knows this. He knows that he, above just about everyone else, deserves a crack at Dillashaw’s belt, and that he won’t get it because the general public has no clue who he is.

As per MMAFighting:

“I don’t know any other reason I shouldn’t be the next guy, unless they go by Twitter followers,” Assuncao told MMA Fighting. “If they go by Twitter followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. And I can cry about it but that’s the truth, right? There’s nothing more I can do about it other than campaign and try to be a truthful guy. If they go by who has the most Twitter followers and Instagram followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. But if they go by the most deserving, the most consistent, and one of the best fighters in the division, I’ll be that guy. I’d definitely be that guy.

“I’ve never missed weight. I’m the most consistent guy in this division, probably up there with T.J., because T.J. is a pretty consistent champion,” Assuncao added. “I think he’s one of the most consistent guys out there. Other than myself and T.J., there’s no other fighter in there who’s as consistent as we are.”

Let’s conduct a little science experiment. Let’s keep track of how many times his name is inserted into the conversation when it comes to the UFC drumming up interest in finding a suitable opponent for Dillashaw.

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It Will Be a Cold Day In Hell Before Raphael Assuncao Gets a Title Shot

Brazilian stalwart Raphael Assuncao has done the work and put in the time, and in 13 appearances in the Octagon, has only lost twice. He’s also gone 1-1 against bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But it will be a cold day in hell before Assuncao ever gets a title shot.

This is the sad truth, and it stems from the fact that… well… the dude simply isn’t popular enough.

Assuncao knows this. He knows that he, above just about everyone else, deserves a crack at Dillashaw’s belt, and that he won’t get it because the general public has no clue who he is.

As per MMAFighting:

“I don’t know any other reason I shouldn’t be the next guy, unless they go by Twitter followers,” Assuncao told MMA Fighting. “If they go by Twitter followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. And I can cry about it but that’s the truth, right? There’s nothing more I can do about it other than campaign and try to be a truthful guy. If they go by who has the most Twitter followers and Instagram followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. But if they go by the most deserving, the most consistent, and one of the best fighters in the division, I’ll be that guy. I’d definitely be that guy.

“I’ve never missed weight. I’m the most consistent guy in this division, probably up there with T.J., because T.J. is a pretty consistent champion,” Assuncao added. “I think he’s one of the most consistent guys out there. Other than myself and T.J., there’s no other fighter in there who’s as consistent as we are.”

Let’s conduct a little science experiment. Let’s keep track of how many times his name is inserted into the conversation when it comes to the UFC drumming up interest in finding a suitable opponent for Dillashaw.

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If a Darrion Caldwell Falls in the Woods and No One Hears It, Did It Happen?

Bellator 204 will grace our TV screens in one week, and the non-tentpole event (i.e., it’s just a regular Bellator) has Darrion Caldwell driving the bus in the main event.

If you’ll recall, Caldwell was the heavily-hyped wrestling stud who stumbled once in his climb to the top, but got back that submission loss and eventually secured the bantamweight title. Well, next week he’ll move up to featherweight and test the waters there.

Since this is Bellator we’re talking about, the act of champ moving up a weight class to snag another slice of glory really doesn’t have the same “oooohhh!” factor as, say, Conor McGregor doing it. But whatevs. It’s a fight, with good, skilled fighters, and we’re in the middle of a UFC dry spell, so you have to watch something on DVR Saturday morning… am I right?

Here’s a Caldwell hype reel, plus a hype reel for his opponent, Noad Lahat.

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If a Darrion Caldwell Falls in the Woods and No One Hears It, Did It Happen?

Bellator 204 will grace our TV screens in one week, and the non-tentpole event (i.e., it’s just a regular Bellator) has Darrion Caldwell driving the bus in the main event.

If you’ll recall, Caldwell was the heavily-hyped wrestling stud who stumbled once in his climb to the top, but got back that submission loss and eventually secured the bantamweight title. Well, next week he’ll move up to featherweight and test the waters there.

Since this is Bellator we’re talking about, the act of champ moving up a weight class to snag another slice of glory really doesn’t have the same “oooohhh!” factor as, say, Conor McGregor doing it. But whatevs. It’s a fight, with good, skilled fighters, and we’re in the middle of a UFC dry spell, so you have to watch something on DVR Saturday morning… am I right?

Here’s a Caldwell hype reel, plus a hype reel for his opponent, Noad Lahat.

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If a Darrion Caldwell Falls in the Woods and No One Hears It, Did It Happen?

Bellator 204 will grace our TV screens in one week, and the non-tentpole event (i.e., it’s just a regular Bellator) has Darrion Caldwell driving the bus in the main event.

If you’ll recall, Caldwell was the heavily-hyped wrestling stud who stumbled once in his climb to the top, but got back that submission loss and eventually secured the bantamweight title. Well, next week he’ll move up to featherweight and test the waters there.

Since this is Bellator we’re talking about, the act of champ moving up a weight class to snag another slice of glory really doesn’t have the same “oooohhh!” factor as, say, Conor McGregor doing it. But whatevs. It’s a fight, with good, skilled fighters, and we’re in the middle of a UFC dry spell, so you have to watch something on DVR Saturday morning… am I right?

Here’s a Caldwell hype reel, plus a hype reel for his opponent, Noad Lahat.

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If a Darrion Caldwell Falls in the Woods and No One Hears It, Did It Happen?

Bellator 204 will grace our TV screens in one week, and the non-tentpole event (i.e., it’s just a regular Bellator) has Darrion Caldwell driving the bus in the main event.

If you’ll recall, Caldwell was the heavily-hyped wrestling stud who stumbled once in his climb to the top, but got back that submission loss and eventually secured the bantamweight title. Well, next week he’ll move up to featherweight and test the waters there.

Since this is Bellator we’re talking about, the act of champ moving up a weight class to snag another slice of glory really doesn’t have the same “oooohhh!” factor as, say, Conor McGregor doing it. But whatevs. It’s a fight, with good, skilled fighters, and we’re in the middle of a UFC dry spell, so you have to watch something on DVR Saturday morning… am I right?

Here’s a Caldwell hype reel, plus a hype reel for his opponent, Noad Lahat.

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If a Darrion Caldwell Falls in the Woods and No One Hears It, Did It Happen?

Bellator 204 will grace our TV screens in one week, and the non-tentpole event (i.e., it’s just a regular Bellator) has Darrion Caldwell driving the bus in the main event.

If you’ll recall, Caldwell was the heavily-hyped wrestling stud who stumbled once in his climb to the top, but got back that submission loss and eventually secured the bantamweight title. Well, next week he’ll move up to featherweight and test the waters there.

Since this is Bellator we’re talking about, the act of champ moving up a weight class to snag another slice of glory really doesn’t have the same “oooohhh!” factor as, say, Conor McGregor doing it. But whatevs. It’s a fight, with good, skilled fighters, and we’re in the middle of a UFC dry spell, so you have to watch something on DVR Saturday morning… am I right?

Here’s a Caldwell hype reel, plus a hype reel for his opponent, Noad Lahat.

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Wanna Feel Old? Here’s the TUF 1 Cast Now

Wanna feel old? It was just eight hundred years ago that the first season of The Ultimate Fighter graced our television screens. And castmember Mike Swick just posted a “then and now” comparison on Twitter.

If you’ll recall, Swick shared screentime with the likes of Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar – with their fight at the finale ensuring the success of the franchise, and the sport, forevermore.

There was also dudes like Bobby Southworth, Lodune Sincaid… and how could anyone forget Diego Sanchez and Chris Leben?

Anyhoo, time is a bitch, so some of these castmates look nothing like fighters nowadays. Which is just as well.

The Ultimate Fighter

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Wanna Feel Old? Here’s the TUF 1 Cast Now

Wanna feel old? It was just eight hundred years ago that the first season of The Ultimate Fighter graced our television screens. And castmember Mike Swick just posted a “then and now” comparison on Twitter.

If you’ll recall, Swick shared screentime with the likes of Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar – with their fight at the finale ensuring the success of the franchise, and the sport, forevermore.

There was also dudes like Bobby Southworth, Lodune Sincaid… and how could anyone forget Diego Sanchez and Chris Leben?

Anyhoo, time is a bitch, so some of these castmates look nothing like fighters nowadays. Which is just as well.

The Ultimate Fighter

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