Raphael Assuncao did enough to secure a split-decision victory over T.J. Dillashaw in a back-and-forth war Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 29.
With the win, Assuncao feels he has moved closer to a future shot at the UFC bantamweight title.
“I considered this a semifinal, with Urijah Faber-Michael McDonald the other semifinal,” he said. “I respect Renan Barao and Dominick Cruz, so let’s just see what happens.”
Assuncao (21-4) moved his win streak to five in a row since a knockout loss to Erik Koch in 2011. He solved Dillashaw in the early stages of the fight, and did enough in the final moments to preserve the victory.
“It was a tough 15 minutes,” he said. “I tried to do my best, but my eye was a little swollen.”