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Highlights: Watch Raul Rosas Jr’s brother score 12-second knockout, shoot his ‘Contender Series’ shot for 2023

Dana White’s Contender Series: Rosas v Gutierrez Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

There might be two Rosas brothers in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2023.

Last weekend (Nov. 19, 2022) at Bear Fight FC 16 in California, Jessie Rosas — older brother of 17-year-old Octagon wunderkind Raul Rosas Jr. — knocked out Raymond Smith in just 12 seconds. It was a hectic 12 seconds, though, as Rosas landed a head kick followed by a punch and then some ground-and-pound until the referee stepped in.

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Jessie is the older brother of the youngest UFC fighter in the company’s history, making his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut earlier this year. And just like his little brother, he plans to make his way to the UFC via Dana White’s Contender Series program in 2023.

“Next year, there are going to be two Rosas brothers in the UFC. I’m going to go to Contender Series and get that UFC contract, and it’s going to be the Rosas brother takeover,” Jessie told Full Send MMA recently.

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UFC’s 2023 PPV DEBUT! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) kicks off its New Year pay-per-view (PPV) campaign on Sat., Jan. 21, 2023, with a battle for the vacant Light Heavyweight crown between former champion and No. 2-ranked contender, Glover Teixeira, looking to stop the momentum of surging No. 7-seeded up-and-comer, Jamahal Hill. In the co-main event of UFC 283, which will take place inside Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of the greatest rivalries in promotional history resumes as Flyweight kingpin, Deiveson Figueiredo, battles interim belt keeper, Brandon Moreno, for a fourth (and likely final) time.

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If you’re wondering if the two brothers would ever fight each other ... the answer is, “No,” unsurprisingly, even though they verbally jab each other around-the-clock.

“If he keeps talking, he’s going to get it, and if he wants to get it, he’ll get it. Nah, I’m just kidding,” Raul said. “Nah, we’ll never fight because I don’t want to take easy fights, so I’m never going to fight him.

“But yeah, I want to see him hold the title one day. I’m going to move up a weight class, and we’ll figure it out. There is going to be two brothers in the UFC, and we’re going to make history by becoming the first brothers to become champion.”

All eyes are now set on Raul, who makes his highly-anticipated Octagon debut against Jay Parrin at UFC 282 on Dec. 10, 2022 . He made headlines earlier this year when he got signed to UFC at just 17 years old off of the aforementioned Contender Series show on ESPN+.


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