The UFC is bringing in a fighter who is simply shy of his 18th birthday.
Raul Rosas Jr. turned the youngest fighter to sign with the UFC on Tuesday evening, following a unanimous choice win over Mando Gutierrez on Dana White’s Contender Series. White, impressed by Rosas’ efficiency, provided the teen a contract earlier than the finish of the present, which he accepted. Rosas is the youngest fighter to compete on the collection.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” White mentioned of Rosas’ age and outing in opposition to Gutierrez. “Not only that, the amount of fighters blowing me up saying you’re crazy not to (sign him). … He’s absolutely, positively talented. He’s special, he’s different.”
Rosas, a bantamweight fighter, dominated the 25-year-old Gutierrez for many of the battle with his grappling prowess. He almost completed Gutierrez in the first spherical with a not often used Suloev stretch submission from again management. Gutierrez had moments, taking Rosas down and touchdown some ground-and-pound. But nearly all the time, Rosas would find yourself in the higher place, utilizing his dexterity, talent and creativity on the floor to scramble his manner to the high.
“I knew I was gonna get that contract,” mentioned Rosas, who turns 18 on Oct. 8. “I’ve been saying it since the beginning. Since I was born, I knew this was gonna happen.”
Rosas (6-0) had completed all of his earlier opponents earlier than Tuesday evening. The Mexican-born fighter, who trains out of Las Vegas, beforehand fought in the UWC promotion in Tijuana.
Dan Lauzon holds the file as the youngest fighter to compete in the UFC (18 years, 198 days), per ESPN Stats & Information analysis. As lengthy as Rosas steps into the Octagon inside the subsequent 216 days — a probable situation — he’ll beat that mark.
And Rosas is already speaking about successful championships. The youngest UFC champion was Jon Jones at age 23 in 2011.
“Everybody shouldn’t be surprised,” Rosas mentioned. “I’m the new king in here, so I’m coming for that belt now. … I’m gonna be champion when I’m 20. Respect to everybody, but I’m gonna be champion when I’m 20, or even earlier. Nobody is gonna stop me.”