Everyone was surprised when they heard the news that the 17 year old kid from Mexico got a special license to fight at UFC Dana White Contender Series. Many experts also raised concerns that it would be a step too high for the young fighter. However, Raul Roasa’s Jr left no doubt and turned many doubters into believers when he stepped into the octagon for the first time.
Raul Rosas Jr. stunned the MMA community and earned a deal with the UFC as a result.At Dana White's Contender Series 55, which took place on Tuesday night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, the 17-year-old bantamweight completely outclassed his opponent Mando Gutierrez.
Rosas (6-0) outclassed Gutierrez (7-2) and won convincingly, 30-27 on all three judges' scorecards, becoming the youngest fighter ever to sign a contract with the UFC according to president Dana White.
Dana White said while talking to Laura Sanko “He is absolutely, positively talented. He’s special,” White told Laura Sanko at the post-event decision announcement. “He’s different. At 17 years old you just don’t see kids handling themselves like that.”
Rosas quickly closed the gap in the opening round and took the fight to the ground. He controlled Gutierrez for the majority of the round, even making a suloev stretch threat. Rosas was trapped in a guillotine choke in the very last seconds, but he managed to resist the submission until the final buzzer.
The second round was not much different than the first with Rosas domination continuing on the ground.
In the third Gutierrez’s corner asked him to show some urgency as they had to chase a finish in order to win the fight but Rosas stood firm and reversed Gutierrez yet again and dominated till the final belt.
After the victory he said “Since I was born, I knew this was going to happen, so everybody should not be surprised,” an elated Rosas Jr. said. “I’m the new king in here, so I’m coming for that belt now.”
Rosas wants to grab his hands on the championship belt by the age of 20.
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