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By David Tees on 3/12/2023 4:30 PM

Raphael Assuncao suffered a third round submission loss to Davey Grant on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 221.

The fighter, who has been a pro since January of 2004, announced his retirement on Saturday Night.

“Thank you God for giving me the strength up to this age,” Assuncao said after the fight (transcript via Matt Erickson of MMA Junkie). “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.”

Assuncao retires with a record of 28-10-0, with notable wins coming over Jorge Masvidal, Joe Lauzon, Yves Jabouin, LC Davis, Johnny Eduardo, TJ Dillashaw, Pedro Munhoz, Bryan Caraway, Aljamain Sterling, Marlon Moraes and Rob Font.