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Dana White ‘blown away’ by 17-year-old UFC fighter Raul Rosas Jr.: ‘He looked special’

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If Dana White had any doubts about Raul Rosas Jr., they were quickly dispelled.

The 17-year-old phenom became the youngest UFC fighter in history on Tuesday night after signing with the UFC after defeating Mando Gutierrez at the promotion. Challenge Series. White admitted he came to the event with some reservations about directly signing Rosas Jr., who was born in October 2004, but they flew out the window after the UFC president saw a performance that he felt far superior to that of Rosas Jr. years.

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“The fact that a 17-year-old boy behaved the way he behaved in this fight shocked me. Shocked,” White said at the evening press conference after the fight.

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“After what I just saw, this guy is ready to fight in the UFC.”

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Competing in the co-main event of the evening, Rosas Jr out-maneuvered, out-manoeuvred and ultimately bested 25-year-old seasoned fighter Gutiérrez, who had posted a 7-1 record before the fight. The teenager won all three rounds on the judges’ scorecards and displayed a flamboyant and exciting style that included Suloev’s deft stretch attempt in the first round, as well as a takedown from a beautiful fake flying knee early in the second frame.

Overall, Rosas Jr’s performance was a surprise and he extended his unbeaten record to 6-0 with all the poise and poise of a veteran who is more than twice his age.

“That’s one of the things that impressed me the most,” White said of Rosas Jr.’s stance. “And I liked how active he was. He’s not one of those guys, he’s a jiu-jitsu guy who just lays around and everything. He always achieves something, how dexterous he is, how he takes his back. When you get him back, how can he get out. I was impressed with everything this guy did tonight, especially his cardio. There was never an adrenaline rush when he looked exhausted at some point. There was no lull in the fight with any of the guys.”

Of course, it’s fair to wonder if a UFC contract is too early for a young athlete like Rosas Jr. There are very few names, if any, in the UFC that represent an easy fight, especially in the 135-pound division. .

By this point, White has admitted that he is not yet sure about the promotion’s approach to matchmaking, allowing a bantamweight prospect to gradually move up the ranks, but he is nonetheless convinced of what Rosas Jr. can become.

“We probably shouldn’t fight him in Vegas for a while – he’s going to be bored as hell here,” White joked. He would have to sit in his room all the time. But I’m very, very impressed with this kid. He is absolutely special. The number of fighters who blew me up saying, “Oh my God, this child is real, this child is real.” [it’s] impressive.

“This is definitely not the place [to bring a young fighter up slowly]but when you find [young talent] Look at Mickey Gall. Mickey Gall was not 17, but Mickey Gall came here 1-0. I brought Mickey Gall Looking for a fight fight CM Punk and he had a pretty good career here. He hung out here for a while, had some good fights and did pretty well. If you find these kids that you think are talented, and you’re right, they’ll stay here. And what I saw from this guy tonight, he looked special.”



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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