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Midnight Mania! Daniel Cormier believes ‘good for him’ UFC 287 loss will humble Raul Rosas Jr.

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The imploding hype train of Raul Rosas Jr. was one of the bigger stories to come from UFC 287 last weekend (Sat. April 8, 2023). The 18-year-old wunderkind started his fight opposite Christian Rodriguez strong, but he pushed far too intense a pace to force his grappling assault. As fatigue began to set in, Rosas Jr. looked a whole lot less effective, and he was beaten up en route to a decision loss.

Triple champion status might have to wait for a bit.

Though Rosas Jr. entered the fight as the favorite, it wasn’t exactly a shocking outcome. “El Problemo Nino” is certainly talented, but there’s a reason most UFC fighters debut at an older age with more professional fights under their belt. Rosas Jr. seem to believe his own hype, and Rodriguez taught him a lesson.

Perhaps it was for the best? UFC color commentator Daniel Cormier believes the defeat will benefit Rosas Jr, humbling him and allowing future growth.

“I tap in that the loss was good for him because it’ll teach him humility,” Daniel Cormier stated on the DC and RC podcast (via Josh Evanoff). “This kid is confident at a level that not many people are … There was a story where Rosas’s dad was filming [Aljamain Sterling and Raul Rosas Jr.]. I was in the fighter meeting and Rosas walked in there and told me that he threw Aljamain down so easily, he thought he was a striker.”

He continued, “He told me he was going thirty percent on Aljamain Sterling. So it was a youthful confidence, but it wasn’t allowing him to be his true self. Sometimes you have to be humbled, and I think this fight will humble him. It will allow for him, a kid with so much potential, to truly go to the levels that he needs to go to.”

It remains to be seen how Rosas Jr.’s loss affects his future performances, or if he’ll take Sean O’Malley’s advice and spend a long period of time in the gym before returning.


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