The UFC’s Fight Night 29 card is starting to fill out, as T.J. Dillashaw and Raphael Assuncao are set to square off in Brazil. The pairing was initially scheduled to take place a month earlier at Fight Night 28, but a minor hand injury suffered by Assuncao forced the bout to be delayed. The two are each ranked in the top-10 of the bantamweight division, and look to push themselves further into title contention.
Dillashaw is another top prospect coming out of Team Alpha Male, a camp led by UFC and WEC star Urijah Faber. After suffering the first and only loss of his career to John Dodson during the TUF season 14 finale, he has gone on to win four straight bouts against increasingly difficult competition. He has found success in utilizing his strong wrestling game to control the fight, but his striking has improved dramatically as he works with new head coach Dwayne Ludwig. His last victory over Hugo Viana was enough to push him into the top-10 of the division, and a win against the talented Assuncao would put him in the mix for a shot at the title.
Assuncao has found new life after dropping down to the bantamweight division, as he is a perfect 4-0 since making the move. He looked sharp in his last victory, a 2nd round armbar of Vaughn Lee. He looks to continue his momentum with another win over a rising prospect.
UFC Fight Night 29 will air live from Barueri, Brazil on October 9, 2013.