Date: Sunday 12th November, 3am (UK)
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, US
Venue: Ted Constant Convocation
This will be Matthew Lopez’ toughest test of his career so far as Raphael Assuncao will arrive to the cage with serious pedigree as always. The Brazilian’s only loss in 10 fights came to TJ Dillashaw who now holds the belt after knocking out Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217. He is vastly experienced and will be the favourite entering this contest but Lopez will carry confidence of his own with only one loss to his name; he possesses a tremendously well-rounded skill set and his natural finishing ability has really caught the eye of the fans.
The key stat highlighted in our statistical breakdown is the height and reach of Lopez. Assuncao has all the experience on his side, fighting the very best in the division, but Lopez is a big bantamweight with power that could end the fight at any moment.
Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.