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UFC signs 17-year-old Raul Rosas Jr. after ‘special’ performance on Dana White’s Contender Series

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Raul Rosas Jr. is officially a member of the UFC. Rosas, 17, delivered an impressive performance at Dana White’s Contender Series on Tuesday that stunned the UFC president so much he signed him to a contract.

Rosas Jr. beat 25-year-old Mando Gutierrez on the scoresheets to get a three-round unanimous decision at bantamweight. It was the first time that Rosas Jr. (6-0) had made a decision but was opposed to significant advancement in the competition. Rosas Jr. vowed to break Jon Jones’ record by becoming the youngest UFC champion. Jones won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Mauricio Rua in 2011 at the age of 23.

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“I’m the new king here, so I’m going for the belt,” Rosas Jr. said after the fight. “I will become the youngest UFC champion. If I could take on the top five in my UFC debut I would, but I need to work my way up there and I will be there soon. I will become the youngest UFC champion. “

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While Rosas Jr. set his sights on reaching Jones, he hit another milestone. He broke Chase Hooper’s record as the youngest UFC signing by two years. White had no doubt that Rosas Jr. was ready for the UFC.

“There was nothing to even discuss. We didn’t even talk about it there,” White said. said journalists at a press conference after the fight. “I have never seen anything like it… He is absolutely definitely talented, he is special, he is different. At 17, you just don’t see kids that age behaving like that.”

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Source: www.cbssports.com

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