After defeating Terrence Mitchell in a UFC bantamweight main card fight, 18-year-old Raul Rosas Jr. expressed his ambition to continue improving and to potentially become one of the biggest superstars in the UFC, also emphasizing his pride in his Mexican heritage.
Raul Rosas Jr., the youngest fighter on the UFC roster at only 18 years old, has high ambitions for his career in the UFC. His dream is to become the youngest UFC champion ever, along with joining the ranks of notable fighters like Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, and Jon Jones. After a star-making performance on Saturday night at Noche UFC, where he emerged as the biggest betting favorite, Rosas showed he’s back on a winning streak. He faced Terrence Mitchell in the main card fight, winning the bout impressively in just under a minute. This victory was his first after losing a unanimous decision to Christian Rodriguez earlier in the year.
Rosas attributes his success to his determination and a supportive team dedicated to correcting his mistakes. At a post-fight press conference, he remained confident, stating, “Nothing’s changed. Nothing’s ever going to change. We’re never going to break. All the corrections were made. Y’all saw the corrections. I’ve got a team right here with me that tells me the truth. Whether I win or lose, they’re going to tell me all the mistakes I did. This time we made sure we did everything right. I’m just going to keep improving, showing up, and keep chasing my dream.”
Proudly representing his Mexican heritage, Rosas was a focal point for the Noche UFC event, and wonderfully showcased the massive fan base he can command. He says his special connection with the Latino fanbase is a result of both his heritage and the evolving nature of the sport. He stated, “It was a blessing to be able to have my comeback be on this special day. It’s a really special day for all of us. It felt really great, all the support from the Latinos, and the UFC got to see how much support we get from the Mexicans and how much the sport has evolved now.”
Although he’s at the start line of his career, Rosas is extremely self-assured and is mindful of the journey ahead. He said, “I’m different. I have the potential to be a superstar, break all these records. I’m blessed. I’m just being myself and I’m just blessed that I am the way I am. I know I have the chance to become one of the biggest superstars in this company.” As he continues to chase his title dreams, he’s living one day at a time, focusing on one goal at a time. In his own words, he expressed his plan: “Right now it’s just come back, have another amazing performance, climb up the ladder, and then go from there.”