Rising 18-year-old fighter Raul Rosas Jr. will be back in action when he takes on Christian Rodriguez at UFC 287 on April 8 at a venue and location yet to be determined. The booking was recently confirmed by MMA Fighting following an initial report from Eurosport.
Rosas Jr. made UFC history when he made his Octagon debut at UFC 282 last December, becoming the youngest fighter to compete for the promotion. Fortunately, the Competitor Series standout did not disappoint. Despite a few pre-fight banter and a mountain of expectations placed on his shoulders, Rosas Jr. sliced through his opponent, Jay Perrin, like a knife through water. It wasn’t even close as Rosas Jr. used his solid wrestling skills to submit Perrin via face crank just under three minutes into the first round.
In case you missed the historic finish, check it out HERE.
Rosas Jr., who turned 18 last October, is currently 7-0 in his pro career with five of those wins by way of submission. The promotion is likely to slow things down with the teenage fighter, but it’s good to see him make a quick turnaround from his debut just a month ago. The UFC’s 135-pound division in an absolute shark tank, so Rosas Jr. will need all the experience he can muster in 2023.
Rodriguez, on the other hand, is a real solid prospect in his own right. The 25-year-old fighter lost a rocky UFC debut to Jonathan Pearce in February 2022, but earned his first Octagon victory with an anaconda choke submission finish against Joshua Weems last October. If Rodriguez is able to upset Rosas Jr., it would do wonders for his own UFC stock and make him one of the top prospects to watch this year.
What do you say, Maniacs? Is the UFC setting Rosas Jr. up for a second straight win?
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