Former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw got a measure of revenge for his split decision loss to Raphael Assuncao in 2014 by taking all three rounds in their rematch at UFC 200.
UFC 200 is being held tonight (July 9, 2016) at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.
The event will be the first that the organization has hosted at T-Mobile Arena, which opened in April 2016. It takes place during the UFC’s annual International Fight Week and marks the second time the UFC has held host three events in consecutive days.
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Raphael Assunção took place on the preliminary card which aired on Fox Sports 1.
Unsurprisingly, Dillashaw starts off with a lot of angles and lunging hooks. Assuncao was ready and actually landed some nice counters on the former champ after making him miss. Dillashaw began switching stances and throwing more kicks, which seemed to give him a brief advantage. Assuncao started to slow down around the 2 minute mark, but was still displaying good defense for the most part. The action slowed down to a crawl in the final minute, but picked up in at the end before the bell. Dillashaw appeared to have taken the stanza.
Dillashaw came out more measured in round two, but was still looking to be aggressive. He landed a perfectly timed jab that busted Assuncao’s nose. Dillashaw kept moving in slowly before exploding with combos. Assuncao wasn’t fast enough to defend all of them, but did a decent job of avoiding many of the blows. He wasn’t putting out enough offense of his own, though. The referee called time to check Assuancao’s nose. The camera’s overheard the official saying Assuncao was spitting blood, as well. Fortunately, the fight was allowed to continue. Dillashaw scored a quick takedown and transitioned to a guillotine, but his opponent defended and escaped seconds before the round ran out of time.
Dillashaw started the third with a large volume of kicks and was more active than the previous round. He switched to hooks about a minute into the round and scored with them. The jab now came into play a bit, as well, leading for the left hook. Assuncao was relegtated to waiting for Dillashaw to strike before throwing out late counters. He was rarely opening with an attack. Dillashaw was loading up with shots by now, but was just missing when he winged them out there. He kept trying to lure Assuncao in with pauses in his movement, and then scored with a quick double leg. Assuncao stood up with about twenty seconds remaining, but was unable to chase his opponent down and do more damage before the fight was over.
T.J. Dillashaw put on a sharp, intelligent performance and was awarded the decision with scores of 30-27 from all judges.
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