UFC on FOX 23 results: Raphael Assuncao outpaces Aljamain Sterling for close split decision

DENVER – Raphael Assuncao edged out Aljamain Sterling by the slimmest of margins after three painfully close rounds.

But after a tactical fight where both men seemed to want to hang back and counter, Assuncao (24-5 MMA, 8-2 UFC) got the nod from the judges, beating Sterling (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) via split-decision with scores of 28-29, 29-28, and 29-28.

The bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC on FOX 23 event at Pepsi Center in Denver. It aired on FS1 following...

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