Round 1- Assuncao comes out with a left kick and over hand right. Big uppercut misses for TJ. They exchange right hands and body kicks. Lots of leg kicks and variety from Assuncao. Dillashaw with a nice double leg takedown. Assuncao gets up right away. TJ with a nice uppercut and right. Both en are really mixing it up well. Head kick caught by Assuncao! Big leg kick by Assuncao. Dillashaw with a beautiful back take while standing. TJ has a rear-naked/neck crank really deep, but Assuncao is out. TJ locks on again, and Assuncao is turning red! He gets out again, wow! They get back up and Assuncao with a nice head kick that is blocked. TJ misses on a big head kick and falls down. What a great first round! 10-9 for Dillashaw on my card for the back mount.
Round 2- Straight left lands for Assuncao and he follows it up with a few nice kicks. Dillashaw stuffed on the takedown.Head kick for Assuncao just misses. Beautiful head kick lands for Dillashaw on Assuncao’s neck. Assuncao really pushing the pace and stuffs a takedown and goes for a high-elbow guillotine! Great scramble, and Dillashaw gets out. Back to the feet and Assuncao with a big right hand. Another Dillashaw head kick misses. Dillashaw going for the single and gets the back again.Dillashaw is bleeding a lot out of his nose and Assuncao gets up again. A nice flurry ends round 2. 10-9 Assuncao on my card for the big right hand and nice submission attack. Close round though.
Round 3- Nice right to start the round by Assuncao and Dillashaw answers with another head kick. Dillashaw with a nice uppercut and counter right off an Assuncao front kick. Dillashaw is pushing forward and stuffs an Assuncao takedown. Assuncao popping that jab, but hitting air. Another fantastic sprawl from Dillashaw. Both fighters have slowed down significantly. Big right by Assuncao lands. Left hook lands for Dillashaw. Assuncao with a nice body kick and a jab to follow it up. Dillashaw is still going forward and gets a pseudo takedown and Assuncao gets up. The fight ends with a knee from Assuncao and some strikes from both men. That was an awesome fight. I say 29-28 T.J. Dillashaw for the win
The official decision: Rafael Assuncao by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)