Junior Assuncao Confused Over UFC Firing

Written by Tom Ngo
January 23rd, 2012

UFC Junior Assuncao

Junior Assuncao (Pictured) is hoping the third time will be the charm. After being released from the UFC for the second time in four years, the featherweight expressed great confusion over his unexpected firing but vowed to make another run at the big leagues.

“I JUST GOT CUT FROM THE UFC!! WOW… APPARENTLY THEY DID NOT LIKE MY LAST FIGHT. THANKS @ufc FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. TO MY FANS, I’LL BE BACK!” Assuncao tweeted on Monday. “The Boss himself told me the fight was good, got a performance $, was in a good win STREAK before that last fight. I DONT UNDERSTAND!

“If I knew I was getting cut I would got the easier fight.”

Assuncao did not receive a fight bonus in his last outing, so perhaps he was referring to being rewarded with one of the UFC’s top secret discretionary bonuses. He didn’t mention who the “easier fight” would have been against.

Assuncao owns a 13-5 professional record, but went 1-1 in his latest stint inside the Octagon. He collected his seventh straight victory by beating Eddie Yagin at UFC 135, though followed it up with a unanimous decision loss to Ross Pearson last month at UFC 141.

The 30-year-old was 1-2 in his first tenure with the UFC. The organization initially severed ties with him after getting submitted by Nate Diaz at “UFC Fight Night 11” in September 2007.

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