Raul Rosas Jr., 17, becomes the youngest fighter to sign with the UFC and ‘Nobody’s going to stop me’

The UFC is bringing a shy fighter for his 18th birthday.

Raul Rosas Jr. He became the youngest fighter to sign with the UFC on Tuesday night, following a unanimous decision Mando Gutierrez On the series contenders Dana White. White, impressed by Rosas’ performance, offered the teen a contract before the show ended, which he accepted. Rosas is the youngest female fighter to compete in the series.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” White said of Rosas’ age and outing against Gutierrez. “Not only that, the number of fighters has blown me away saying you’re crazy not to (sign him)… He’s definitely positively talented. He’s special, he’s different.”

Rosas, a bantamweight fighter, has dominated 25-year-old Gutierrez for most of the fight with his wrestling prowess. Gutierrez nearly finished in the first round with Solove’s rare extended backhand submission. Gutierrez had moments, dropping Rosas and landing some ground and pounds. But almost always, Brussas will end up in a better position, using his ingenuity, skill and ingenuity on the ground to make his way to the top.

“I knew I was going to get that contract,” said Rosas, who will turn 18 on October 8. “I’ve been saying that from the start. Since I was born, I knew this was going to happen.”

Rosas (6-0) had wiped out all of his former opponents before Tuesday night. The Mexican-born fighter, who trains from Las Vegas, previously fought in the UWC promotion in Tijuana.

Dan Luzon He holds the record as the youngest fighter to compete in the UFC (18 years, 198 days), according to ESPN Statistics and Information Research. As long as Rosas gets into the octagon over the next 216 days – a possible scenario – he will overcome this limit.

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And Rosas is already talking about winning trophies. He was the youngest UFC champion John Jones At the age of 23 in 2011.

Not everyone should be surprised,” Rosas said. “I’m the new king here, so I’m coming for that belt now. … I’ll be a champion when I’m 20. Respect everyone, but I’ll be a champion when I’m 20, or even sooner. No one’s going to stop me.”

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