Raul Rosas Jr. hasn’t finished making history yet.
On Tuesday, the undefeated 17-year-old fighter became the youngest signer in UFC history, earning Dana White Challenge Series contract after defeating Mando Gutierrez via unanimous decision. After the fight, Rosas addressed the media and stated that he would soon also break the record for the youngest UFC champion in history.
“I’m just ready to fight every week, every month,” Rosas said. âI donât care, everything is on the gas, no brakes. I’ll rest when I retire, when I’m old, we’re just getting started right now, so there’s no reason to take a break.
âI know it won’t be easy. There is nothing easy in this life, but I will become the youngest UFC champion, I donât care what it costs. Nobody will take this away from me. If I could fight a top 5 guy for my UFC debut, I would, but I need to get there and I will. I’ll be there soon. I will be the youngest UFC champion when I am 19, 20, 21 years old. It does not matter”.
The record for the youngest UFC champion is currently held by Jon Jones, who defeated Mauricio Rua to capture the title at the age of 23 years and 242 days. This gives Rosas (6-0) enough time to reach his goal if everything goes according to plan.
It also puts a lot of pressure on Rosas, though he said it was never a factor that influenced him before fights.
âHonestly, there was no pressure on me,â Rosas said of any possible pre-fight pre-Contender Series excitement. âBut even if I had pressure, pressure makes diamonds. Because I know what I have. I wasn’t even nervous backstage. If you see the videos they made, if they release them, I just took a nap. I woke up during the last fight and started warming up a bit.
âI use everyone as a warm-up. I don’t care who you put in front of me, I never get nervous. Even though I’m 17 years old, I’m going to experience fights and I’ll come for everyone, I don’t care who it is. Even if I have to fight right now, I’ll go fight right now, I don’t care.”
Rosas competes in bantamweight, one of the strongest fields in all of MMA, and the UFC roster is currently topped by big names such as Aljamain Sterling, Petr Yan, T.J. Dillashaw, Corey Sandhagen and Merab Dvalishvili. While Rosas understands it may be a while before he challenges any of them, he doesn’t think fans will have to wait long to see his UFC debut.
“When is the next event?” Rosas asked. âI want to fight next week. Whoever they put before me, I’m ready to kill.”