"I think that's just one of my characteristics, to have that gift and be able to adjust," he said. "I always say that I am very critical of myself, in which I always feel that I should improve and that I should do better." But I always find a way to win. Many boys have said: I will knock him out, he does not advance or does not back off. My opponents will criticize me, which is natural, but when it's fight night and we're inside the Octagon, they can not beat me. That happens a lot. And I want to keep that streak to myself. "I've had bad days, heavy weight cuts, migraines and things like that, and I found a way to win 90 percent of the time."
One of those victories was over Moraes, since Assuncao ruined his Brazilian compatriot's UFC debut in June of 2017. It was a close fight, and it is expected to be just as close the second time, but that may be the only thing that looks like their first encounter.
"It's been almost two years, so I think it's going to be different," said Assuncao. "In every fight, it does not matter if I fight with the same guy three times, I always expect a different approach from my opponent, especially when coming out of a loss, it will surely bring a different focus, but there are some things that you can not physically change, and some of your instincts, that's anybody, but I expect the best from him and I'm pushing beyond my limits to be the best he can be. "