Raul Rosas Jr. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Raul Rosas Jr. grew to become the youngest fighter in historical past to signal a UFC contract when the 17-year-old inked a deal after competing in Dana White’s Contender Collection.
ESPN’s Marc Raimondi reported White,
the UFC’s longtime president, provided Rosas a contract after his
victory over 25-year-old Mando Gutierrez on Tuesday night time.
“I’ve by no means seen something like
it,” White stated about Rosas’ efficiency at his age. “Not
solely that, the quantity of fighters blowing me up saying you are loopy
to not [sign him]. … He is completely, positively gifted. He is
particular, he is totally different.”
Rosas, who improved his professional report to
6-0 with Tuesday’s victory, stated the UFC supply did not come as a
“I knew I used to be gonna get that
contract,” he stated. “I have been saying it for the reason that
starting. Since I used to be born, I knew this was gonna occur.”
The California native is prone to
set a brand new report for the youngest fighter to participate in an official
UFC battle. The mark is at present held by Dan Lauzon at 18 years, 198
days, per Raimondi.
Rosas, who will flip 18 on Oct. 8, at present competes within the bantamweight division, and he is already set his sights on Aljamain Sterling’s championship.
“Everyone should not be
shocked,” he stated. “I am the brand new king in right here, so I am
coming for that belt now. … I am gonna be champion once I’m 20.
Respect to all people, however I am gonna be champion once I’m 20, and even
earlier. No one is gonna cease me.”
The present report for a title-holder is Jon Jones at 23
years and eight months, giving “El Nino Problema” over 5
years to set a brand new customary.
Rosas beat Gutierrez by unanimous
determination after three rounds on Tuesday night time. It was the primary time
as a professional that one in every of his bouts went the gap. He’d beforehand scored
4 wins by submission and one by knockout.
The quickly rising star additionally went 6-0
within the novice ranks with 4 submissions and two wins by one-round
So he is but to get significantly examined
throughout his ascent to the game’s prime promotion. That’ll possible change rapidly as he tries to claim himself within the bantamweight
division at such a younger age.
That stated, Rosas has up to now seemed just like the
actual deal each step of the way in which throughout his budding MMA profession.