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DWCS Season 6, Week 9 results: 17-year-old Raul Rosas Jr. makes history, becomes youngest UFC fighter ever

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Raul Rosas Jr. made history.

On Tuesday, the 17-year-old bantamweight became the youngest UFC fighter in history by signing a full-time contract with the promotion after winning his co-headliner. Challenge Series fight against Mando Gutierrez, which took place at the UFC Apex tournament in Las Vegas.

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The Mexican native outmaneuvered Gutierrez 7-2 in all three rounds and showed creative style, narrowly missing Suloev’s stretch attempt in round 1 and beating his 25-year-old opponent in the second frame with a particularly great fake flying knee sequence. It was an impressive all-round performance that showed that Rosas Jr. (6-0) could indeed be a force in the UFC anytime soon.

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As a result, all three judges scored the match 30-27 in favor of the young man.

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“There was nothing to even discuss. We didn’t even talk about it there. … I have never seen anything like it,” said UFC President Dana White.

“He is absolutely positively talented, he is special, he is different. At 17, you just don’t see kids that age behaving like that.”

“From birth, I knew this was going to happen, so everyone shouldn’t be surprised,” said Rosas Jr., encouraged. “I’m the new king here, so I’m going for the belt.”

Rosas Jr. ended his evening promising to become a UFC champion by the age of 20.

Rosas Jr.’s historic moment came to an end with an evening of five UFC contracts as each winner of the event on Tuesday punched their ticket into MMA’s biggest promotion.

In the main event of the evening, 29-year-old middleweight Brunno Ferreira (9-0) took just 95 seconds to knock out Leon Aliu (10-2) with a powerful flurry of looped punches.

“I’m the Hulk, I can do it,” Ferreira later said.

“Remember the name. I will smash everyone in the division.”

The night also brought back a familiar face as heavyweight Austin Lane (12-3) returned more than four years after his Challenge Series defeated by Greg Hardy.

A 34-year-old former NFL player, Lane made the most of his second try, knocking out the previously undefeated Richard Jacoby (6-1-1) with a volley of punches in the first round. After being knocked down and saddled early, Lane reversed position and smashed his prone opponent with repeated strikes from a standing position to secure a 4:34 finish in the first round.

“I was happy with it. I’ve had some adversity [the story] my entire fighting career,” Lane said. “We got over it, we did it. And here we are.”

In another bout, Nurullo Aliyev (7-0) metaphorically overtook Josh Wick (12-6), destroying the veteran with a flurry of punches from the top position at 4:36 of the first round.

It took just one takedown for the 22-year-old lightweight from Tajikistan, Aliev, to mark the beginning of the end and outdo Wick under his choke control.

“My country is 93 percent mountains. I am a mountain eagle, a real mountain eagle,” Aliyev said, referring to former UFC lightweight champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov. “I am a problem at lightweight. i’m ready next week [for a] Struggle.”

The last contract for the evening went to Jafel Filho (14-2), a 29-year-old flyweight who inflicted the first loss of his career on Roibert Echeverria (7-1) with a devastating third-round knockout.

After a back-and-forth fight that saw him take significant damage from Echeverria’s kicks, Filho knocked Echeverria down out of nowhere with a massive left hand retaliation and then signed with the UFC with subsequent strikes at the 1:31 mark of the round. 3.

“My leg hurt, but my arm didn’t,” Filho said later with a smile.

Check completed Challenge Series results below.

  • Bruno Ferreira def. Leon Aliu TKO (punches) at 1:35 of round 1
  • Raul Rosas Jr. def. Mando Gutierrez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Austin Lane def. Richard Jacobi by TKO (punches) at 4:34 of round 1
  • Nurullo Aliyev beat. Josh Wick won by TKO (punches) at 4:36 of round 1.
  • Jafel Filju def. Roibert Echeverria via TKO (punches) at 3:13, round 3


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