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I just wanna go for the belt: 17-year-old Raul Rosas wants the UFC title

LockerRoom Team
07 October 2022

Raul Rosas made history recently when he became the youngest fighter to be signed by the UFC. The 17-year-old achieved the same through Dana White’s Contenders Series where he outclassed Mando Gutierrez.

After earning the contract, Rosas mentioned that he wants to become the Youngest ever UFC champion, a record which is being held by Jon Jones currently.

Rosas doubled down on his goal recently during the interview with Full Send MMA. Speaking to the outlet, Rosas noted that he wants to quickly get into the top-15 in the division and added that he wants to capture the belt.

"Not really any particular opponent, because I don't really know any fighters below the top 15. But I'll fight anybody because I'm really interested to enter the top 15. Because there's a lot of names that I would like to fight. But specifically nobody that I really wanna fight. I just wanna go for the belt so I'll fight whoever has that belt and whoever I have to get through to get to that belt,” he said (H/T Sportskeeda).

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Rosas is expected to make his UFC debut by the end of 2022 or in early 2023. Prior to this, he had also noted that he will be leveraging the opportunity provided by the UFC to uplift his family conditions.

“At Clovis, we reached a point where we couldn’t grow in level [in MMA], so we moved to Santa Rosa, California. We left everything – family, everything. And we moved into a tiny apartment. We shared a living room between like five people, and there was a lot of us in the apartment. It was like 12 people. But thanks to my parents and their sacrifice, we’re here. And yeah, we get tired of eating arroz and frijoles, and I told them jokingly, ‘Only rib-eye from now on,” he said in one of his interviews.

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