Shortly after celebrating the victory of his younger brother Freddy Assuncao at the Virginia based promotion RIE (Respect Is Earned), Junior sat back to watch the remaining bouts on what turned out to be a very competitive card. “I got really frustrated when I saw my friend lose in the main event to local fighter Beau Baker. No disrespect to Beau but I just kept hearing the crowd go crazy for him and I kept seeing things that my friend wasn’t executing made me want to get in there!”, said Assuncao.
Following that fight the promoter, Jon Price, entered the cage to make some announcements, one of which was a challenge thrown down for Junior to fight the local hero in an upcoming show. Beau’s manager, Rick McCoy and Juniors manager Brian Butler agreed to let this fight happen if the promoter could put it together in a timely manner.
The crowd went crazy when their local hero accepted the challenge with the 3X UFC veteran by squaring up with Junior in the center of the cage. “I’ll fight anybody but right now, I feel like I am at at the best I have ever been.” said Junior. “Beau and his brother Kyle are very tough prospects in this sport and this would be a good fight!” said Butler, “Let’s see if they can make it happen.”