Rosas Jr. is ready to do anything to become the youngest champion
New UFC bantamweight prospect Raul Rosas Jr. is looking to continue breaking records by becoming the youngest fighter on the roster.
As 10 fighters were in action to secure a contract on this week’s episode of Dana White’s Contender Seriesall eyes were on a 17-year-old prospect who had the chance to make history.
Many were unsure what to make of the decision to book Rosas Jr. on the show given that his age prevents him from competing in many states. But making the most of Nevada rules, the UFC gave “El Niño Problema” a shot, and it’s safe to say they grabbed it with both hands and ran with it.
Against Mando Gutierrez, who was eight years his senior, Rosas Jr. impressed with his high-level grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. And after earning a unanimous decision victory after 15 minutes of action, White surprised those who expected Rosas Jr. to be signed on a developmental basis by making him a full-fledged UFC fighter.
“All gas, no brakes” for Rosas Jr.
After showing off his fighting skills inside the cage earlier in the night, new recruit Rosas Jr. put his confidence and self-confidence on full display during his appearance at the post-fight press conference.
When asked what his contract victory looked like, the Mexican bantamweight noted that it was just the first step in an ambitious ladder that has “the youngest champion in the UFC” to the top.
“I am grateful and blessed for this opportunity. It all took hard work,” said Rosas Jr. “Now I’m just ready to go for everyone. All I see is gold. We’ve already opened the first door. (I’m) another step closer to my dream of becoming the youngest champion in the UFC. I’ve only shown a little of my talent. You haven’t seen anything yet… I can do much better.
“I don’t even care who you put in front of me…I’m coming for everyone, I don’t care who it is. Even if I had to go fight now, I will go fight now,” added Rosas Jr. “I want to fight this Saturday, but I hear there is no event. I will fight whenever they have another event… I want to fight next week.
Reiterating his desire for a fast and furious start inside the Octagon, Rosas Jr. claimed he would even accept a fight against one of the top five bantamweights in the UFC in his debut if he was offered to him.
But understanding the path he will have to travel, the 17-year-old insisted he would do anything and beat anyone to reach the top.
“I’m ready to fight every week, every month, I don’t care. I’m all gas, no brakes. I will rest when I retire. Right now we are just getting started,” Rosas Jr. said. “I will become the youngest UFC champion; I don’t care what it takes. If I could fight a top five guy in my UFC debut, I would. But I have to climb the ladder and I will.
The youngest champion status is currently held by Jon Jones, who had light heavyweight gold wrapped around his waist at the age of 23.
Since then, many have sought to surpass his feat. In addition to promising female flyweight Maycee Barber sharing similar sentiment with Rosas Jr. following hers DWCS victory, Muhammad Mokaev became the latest to aim for the record achievement this year.
While it’s hard to gauge Rosas Jr.’s potential at this point, especially when it comes to championship hopefuls, it’s safe to say he at least has some time by his side as a more young UFC fighter.
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