Raphael Assuncao announces retirement


Afterward, Assuncao took his gloves off and set them down in the middle of the cage to signify his retirement.

“Thank you God for giving me the strength up to this age,” the 40-year-old Assuncao said in the cage. “Thank you to my family for giving me 100 percent support. Thanks to the UFC and you guys calling these shows. It’s such a tough career. I was able to do this for 19 years as a professional, but I think my time has come now. I put a lot of effort into this training camp away from my family, and I think that’s it for me.”


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