Raul Rosas Jr., 17, turns into the youngest fighter to sign with UFC and 'no person is gonna cease me' - ESPN

The UFC is bringing in a fighter who is barely shy of his 18th birthday.

Raul Rosas Jr. grew to become the youngest fighter to signal with the UFC on Tuesday nighttime, following a unanimous choice win over Mando Gutierrez on Dana White's Contender collection. White, impressed through Rosas' efficiency, offered the teen a contract earlier than the conclusion of the reveal, which he accredited. Rosas is the youngest fighter to compete on the sequence.

"I've under no circumstances viewed the rest love it," White pointed out of Rosas' age and day trip against Gutierrez. "not only that, the quantity of fighters blowing me up announcing you might be loopy not to (signal him). ... he's fully, positively gifted. he is special, he is distinct."

Rosas, a bantamweight fighter, dominated the 25-12 months-historic Gutierrez for most of the combat with his grappling prowess. He essentially finished Gutierrez in the first round with a rarely used Suloev stretch submission from lower back handle. Gutierrez had moments, taking Rosas down and landing some floor-and-pound. however nearly always, Rosas would turn out to be in the more suitable position, the use of his dexterity, skill and creativity on the floor to scramble his option to the exact.

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    "I knew i used to be gonna get that contract," spoke of Rosas, who turns 18 on Oct. eight. "i have been asserting it on the grounds that the starting. on account that i was born, I knew this become gonna happen."

    Rosas (6-0) had entire all of his old opponents earlier than Tuesday night. The Mexican-born fighter, who trains out of Las Vegas, previously fought within the UWC merchandising in Tijuana.

    Dan Lauzon holds the checklist because the youngest fighter to compete in the UFC (18 years, 198 days), per ESPN Stats & information analysis. as long as Rosas steps into the Octagon inside the subsequent 216 days -- a possible state of affairs -- he will beat that mark.

    And Rosas is already speakme about successful championships. The youngest UFC champion became Jon Jones at age 23 in 2011.

    "each person is just not stunned," Rosas referred to. "i am the new king in here, so i'm coming for that belt now. ... i am gonna be champion when i am 20. recognize to all and sundry, however i am gonna be champion when i am 20, and even past. no person is gonna cease me."

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