Raphael “Rato” Assuncao is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belter. He’s an MMA fighter in the WEC featherweight division.
Assuncao also trains in Capo, Muay Thai, wrestling and grappling. Aside from that, he is an instructor in the Ascension Mixed Martial Arts in Florida. Rato is a younger brother to MMA fighter Junior Assuncao.
Raphael O. Assuncao was born in Recife, Brazil in July 19, 1982. His family migrated to Miami, Florida when he was 11 years old. At this time, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Royce Gracie influenced Rato’s career in MMA where he was trained in mixed martial arts in 2000. But before that, he’s been an expert in Jiu Jiutsu when he was young.
He won his first MMA fight in 2004 over Chris Clark by TKO.
Rato fought for different events in four years including the International Sport Combat Federation (ISCF), Ring of Fire (ROF), Border Warz (BW), Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO), Amateur Fight League (AFL), Ironheart Crown (IHC) and Armageddon Fighting Championships (AFC).
He had his first lost against Jeff Curan, who’s also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist in 2006. But he hit his entire rival including Joe Lauzon and Jorge Masvidal after that.
He finally signed a contract with WEC in 2009 and won his first fight over Jameel Massouh by submission. Rato’s success continues over Yves Jabouin.He challenged WEC Featherweight Champion Urijah Faber in WEC 46 in 2010 which marked his second defeat.
For the third time, he suffered a defeat over Diego Nunez in June but he pulled himself up winning via unanimous decision against L.C. Davis.
Assuncao had recorded 27 fights with 23 wins and 4 losses in the MMA history.