When word came down that Junior Assuncao had been released by the UFC, many wondered if something backstage had happened. Assuncao was coming off a loss, but had won seven consecutive bouts - including one inside the Octagon - before the setback. He tells Tatame.com what he knows about the whole ordeal in a recent interview.
"Until this moment, I don't really know what happened. I guess they didn't like my last performance; maybe they expected more from the....I'm lost. Only my manager talked to them," Assuncao said. "According to my manager, UFC said there're 15 extra fighters in my division and that it would take seven months for them to offer me a fight, and then they cut me off. I haven't received a formal letter saying I'm dismissed; it was just my manager who told me. I don't know if there's something behind it."
The 30-year-old Assuncao lost a decision to Ross Pearson at UFC 141. He had defeated Eddie Yagin earlier in the year after returning to the UFC for the first time since 2007. During Assuncao's previous stint with the company, he posted a 1-2 record.
As for his future, Assuncao says, "All the big events have called me, but I'll wait until I know exactly why UFC cut me off. I want to know what happened."
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