Raul Rosas Jr Officially Signs With UFC, Targets Title By 20
Raul Rosas Jr has officially become the youngest fighter on UFC’s roster.
Rosas overcame 25-year-old Mando Gutierrez at Tuesday night’s Dana White’s Contender Series event. Rosas earned a unanimous decision victory, securing a UFC contract.
It was his first ever unanimous decision victory, but he had 15 minutes to show his abilities.
During the fight, he tried the kneebar from the back position, but Gutierrez did not tap.
Before the fight, Raul shared lots of facts about himself.
“I was 15 when I started my amateur career,” Rosas said.
“… Those people don’t know much about fighting in my opinion,” Rosas said. “They just see a 17-year-old. They’re just like, ‘Oh, a 17-year-old.’ They think I’m a normal kid who’s 17 years old. I’m a different kind of 17-year-old. When they were at parties, when they were at summer vacation, I was at the gym, working my a– off.”
After Tuesday’s fight, UFC President Dana White said he was impressed and even offered the teen a contract before the end of the show, which the fighter accepted.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” White said of Rosas’ age. “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.”
“Everybody shouldn’t be surprised,” Rosas, who competes as a bantamweight added.
“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.”