17-year-old Raul Rosas Jr. ‘is ready to fight in the UFC’

LAS VEGAS – Dana White finds Raul Rosas Jr. not too green for the UFC.

Despite being only 17 years old, the UFC president didn’t hesitate to sign Rosas (6-0) into the UFC after his dominant performance on Dana White’s Contender Series 55.

Rosas dominated Mando Gutierrez (7-2) and won a clean 30-27 score on all three judges’ scorecards. The fight took place Tuesday at the UFC Apex.

Like most, White was impressed by what he saw of Rosas.

“What a war, what a technical battle it was,” White told reporters at the DWCS 55 press conference after the fight. “Both guys pushed themselves as hard as they could. And for a 17-year-old to behave like he did in this fight, I was blown away by it. Blown away.”

Rosas has only six professional fights to his name and he made his pro debut just a year ago in August 2021. Many online wondered if Rosas was too young and inexperienced for the UFC. White disagrees with the skeptics.

“Not from what I just saw, not from what I just saw,” White said of Rosas being too young for the UFC. “After what I just saw, this boy is ready to fight in the UFC.

“I am very impressed with this boy. He is absolutely special. The number of fighters that blow me up and say, ‘Oh my God. This boy is real. This boy is legit. Impressive.'”

To learn more about the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for Dana White’s Contender Series 55.

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