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Montana De La Rosa: Story of the UFC fighter you should know

LockerRoom Team
11 July 2023

Montana De La Rosa is an American mixed martial artist (MMA) Fighter who competes in the Flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Born on February 14, 1995, in Helena, Montana, she grew up in Azle, Texas. De La Rosa's athletic journey began in wrestling at Azle High School, where she excelled and earned a scholarship to Oklahoma City University. However, as a teenage mom, she transferred back to Texas and pursued her education in kinesiology at Tarrant County College.

BJJ and XFN Fights

In 2013, De La Rosa discovered Brazilian jiu-jitsu and transitioned to MMA. She made her professional MMA debut in 2014, becoming the former Xtreme Fighting League (XFN) flyweight champion. With a record of 7–4, she caught the attention of the UFC and participated in The Ultimate Fighter 26, a UFC TV MMA competition series, where she earned a spot on the UFC roster.

UFC journey

De La Rosa's UFC journey began on December 1, 2017, at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, where she faced Christina Marks. She secured a submission victory in the first round, showcasing her skills in the octagon. Her next fight took place on July 6, 2018, at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale against Rachael Ostovich, and she secured another win with a rear-naked choke in the third round.

Continuing her UFC career, De La Rosa faced Nadia Kassem on February 10, 2019, at UFC 234. She demonstrated her grappling prowess by earning a submission victory in the second round, which earned her the Performance of the Night bonus. On June 22, 2019, she faced Andrea Lee at UFC Fight Night 154 but suffered a loss via unanimous decision.

Undeterred, De La Rosa bounced back and faced Mara Romero Borella on February 15, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 167. She showcased her resilience and secured a unanimous decision victory. However, her following bout against Viviane Araújo on September 5, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 176 resulted in a loss via unanimous decision.

Setbacks and hurdles

De La Rosa's journey faced obstacles in 2020 when her scheduled fight against Taila Santos was cancelled due to a positive COVID-19 test among her cornermen. She returned to the octagon on February 27, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 186, facing Mayra Bueno Silva in a fight that ended in a draw.

Stepping into the octagon once again on June 5, 2021, at UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Sakai, De La Rosa faced Ariane Lipski and secured her first TKO victory in the second round. She was then scheduled to face Maycee Barber on December 11, 2021, at UFC 269, but unfortunately, she had to withdraw from the fight due to injury.

De La Rosa's next fight took place on April 23, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 205, where she faced Maycee Barber in a highly anticipated matchup. Despite putting up a valiant effort, she lost the fight via unanimous decision.

On February 25, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 220, De La Rosa faced Tatiana Suarez, a formidable opponent. Unfortunately, she suffered a submission loss in the second round.

Montana De La Rosa's journey in the UFC Flyweight division has been a testament to her dedication and skill as an MMA athlete. As she continues to evolve and face new challenges, fans eagerly anticipate her future endeavours in the octagon.

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