Raulian Paiva will call for Raphael Assuncao fight after replacing him at UFC Vegas 32

Raulian Paiva (right) competes for the first time as a bantamweight in the UFC this Saturday. | Esther Lin, MMA FightingRaulian Paiva stepped in to replace Raphael Assuncao on Saturday at UFC Vegas 32, taking on Kyler Phillips in his first octagon bout as a bantamweight. If victorious in Las Vegas, Paiva will ask for a quick turnaround against Assuncao. Once ranked a top-10 in the UFC flyweight division, Paiva hopes to be “thrown at the lions” in the 135-pound class to “show the UFC and the division that I have what it takes do to well” and “fight for the title in the near future.” “Get me a top-10 or top-12, that’s perfect,” Paiva said of his next step in the bantamweight division during an interview with MMA Fighting. “Even Raphael Assuncao. That would be a good fight. I’ll climb the ranking step by step. I have no rush. I’ll patiently move up the ladder.” Paiva is focused on his matchup with Phillips, predicting to win “a war” via stoppage, and envisions the same outcome in a potential clash with Assuncao, a veteran of 16 octagon appearances who has lost his last three, dropping his overall UFC record to 11-5. “He’s a veteran, and we can’t say he’s not good, he’s very experienced,” Paiva said. “But Raphael Assuncao also has a lot of holes in his game on the feet. And even though he’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu, he also has some holes on the ground. I saw him getting knocked out by Cody [Garbrandt], I saw him getting submitted by Marlon [Moraes] — and Marlon isn’t even a grappler, but he locked up a position and believed in it. “A fight with Raphael is good for me because I like to work in all areas, on the ground and on the feet. I’m bigger than him and got a longer reach, and my hand can land just like Cody’s did.” Paiva, who trained at Alpha Male for this fight, had a rough start in the UFC with back-to-back defeats in fights against Kai-Kara France and Rogerio Bontorin at flyweight. He then stopped Mark De La Rosa by knockout and following up that performance with a decision victory over Zhalgas Zhumagulov. The Brazilian fighter then missed weight by three pounds before his win over Zhumagulov in Abu Dhabi, withdrawing from a flyweight bout with David Dvorak this past May after being hospitalized due to a bad weight cut. Forced to move up to the bantamweight division, a weight class where he built his entire MMA career in the Brazilian circuit before answering the call to compete at Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018, Paiva feels “much healthier” now. “At flyweight, I had to train two weeks before the fight because I had to make weight but I felt weak, depleted, but I don’t feel like that anymore at bantamweight,” he said. “I’m returning to my original weight class, my roots, so I feel with more energy and stronger.” “I wanted to test myself [at flyweight] and I was younger and skinnier,” he continued. “I made weight well for the first two, but I was gaining more muscle, my metabolism wasn’t the same. I would try it all, consulted with nutritionists, but sometimes your head wants something but your body doesn’t.” Now able to take a fight on short notice with an easier weight cut, Paiva expects a war in his return to 135 pounds. “I don’t know how I’ll beat Philips, if it’s a knockout or a submission,” he said, “but I know it will be a war, an exciting fight. “No matter how, I just want to leave that cage with the win.”

Raulian Paiva will call for Raphael Assuncao fight after replacing him at UFC Vegas 32
Raulian Paiva (right) competes for the first time as a bantamweight in the UFC this Saturday. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Raulian Paiva stepped in to replace Raphael Assuncao on Saturday at UFC Vegas 32, taking on Kyler Phillips in his first octagon bout as a bantamweight. If victorious in Las Vegas, Paiva will ask for a quick turnaround against Assuncao.

Once ranked a top-10 in the UFC flyweight division, Paiva hopes to be “thrown at the lions” in the 135-pound class to “show the UFC and the division that I have what it takes do to well” and “fight for the title in the near future.”

“Get me a top-10 or top-12, that’s perfect,” Paiva said of his next step in the bantamweight division during an interview with MMA Fighting. “Even Raphael Assuncao. That would be a good fight. I’ll climb the ranking step by step. I have no rush. I’ll patiently move up the ladder.”

Paiva is focused on his matchup with Phillips, predicting to win “a war” via stoppage, and envisions the same outcome in a potential clash with Assuncao, a veteran of 16 octagon appearances who has lost his last three, dropping his overall UFC record to 11-5.

“He’s a veteran, and we can’t say he’s not good, he’s very experienced,” Paiva said. “But Raphael Assuncao also has a lot of holes in his game on the feet. And even though he’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu, he also has some holes on the ground. I saw him getting knocked out by Cody [Garbrandt], I saw him getting submitted by Marlon [Moraes] — and Marlon isn’t even a grappler, but he locked up a position and believed in it.

“A fight with Raphael is good for me because I like to work in all areas, on the ground and on the feet. I’m bigger than him and got a longer reach, and my hand can land just like Cody’s did.”

Paiva, who trained at Alpha Male for this fight, had a rough start in the UFC with back-to-back defeats in fights against Kai-Kara France and Rogerio Bontorin at flyweight. He then stopped Mark De La Rosa by knockout and following up that performance with a decision victory over Zhalgas Zhumagulov.

The Brazilian fighter then missed weight by three pounds before his win over Zhumagulov in Abu Dhabi, withdrawing from a flyweight bout with David Dvorak this past May after being hospitalized due to a bad weight cut.

Forced to move up to the bantamweight division, a weight class where he built his entire MMA career in the Brazilian circuit before answering the call to compete at ’s Contender Series in 2018, Paiva feels “much healthier” now.

“At flyweight, I had to train two weeks before the fight because I had to make weight but I felt weak, depleted, but I don’t feel like that anymore at bantamweight,” he said. “I’m returning to my original weight class, my roots, so I feel with more energy and stronger.”

“I wanted to test myself [at flyweight] and I was younger and skinnier,” he continued. “I made weight well for the first two, but I was gaining more muscle, my metabolism wasn’t the same. I would try it all, consulted with nutritionists, but sometimes your head wants something but your body doesn’t.”

Now able to take a fight on short notice with an easier weight cut, Paiva expects a war in his return to 135 pounds.

“I don’t know how I’ll beat Philips, if it’s a knockout or a submission,” he said, “but I know it will be a war, an exciting fight. “No matter how, I just want to leave that cage with the win.”

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BKFC president Dave Feldman explains what happened in post-fight brawl involving Blueface

Blueface barely had time to raise his hands in victory before the hip-hop artist was throwing punches again after a fan came after him in the ring at BKFC 19.

The situation exploded after Blueface was announced as the winner in his fight against Kane Trujillo but then he immediately charged at the person coming into the ring, who appeared to be shouting at him at the same time.

Following the event, BKFC president Dave Feldman explained that the assailant was nothing more than a fan who was actually attempting to challenge Blueface to a fight. Obviously the plan backfired in spectacular fashion after the fan was on the receiving end of some punches from the rapper before being dragged out of the ring by security and local police at the event.

“This fan just came up and tried to start a fight with Blueface,” Feldman explained at the BKFC 19 post-fight press conference. “He said ‘I want to fight you’ and I just said leave and he just wouldn’t leave so we made him leave.”

The mayhem in the ring saw numerous people jumping into break up the melee and for a moment it appeared that more than one fan actually got involved. Ultimately it was just Blueface, his coaches and security from BKFC rushing into subdue the perpetrator after tried and failed to start another fight.

Prior to the melee, Blueface was victorious in his first ever boxing match while dispatching Trujillo in lopsided fashion over three rounds.

That fight capped off the “Platform Showdown” promoted by BKFC that featured several social influencers including stars from YouTube, TikTok and the music industry.

While it was a fun experiment, Feldman said after the event was over that he wasn’t planning on promoting any more influencer fights in the near future, especially with all three bouts taking place in boxing rather than actual bare-knuckle competition.

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