LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) teenage phenom, Raul Rosas Jr., 18, got back into the win column at Noche UFC last night (Sat., Sept. 16, 2023) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, finishing Terrance Mitchell via technical knockout in less than one minute (watch highlights).
“El Nino” also pocketed $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his quick highlight-reel finish.
Rosas Jr. has had a ridiculous amount of hype on him since he received a UFC contract on Contender Series last year. When the teenager ran through Jay Perrin three months later at UFC 282 (watch it), it seemed like a rocket was strapped to his back — he was going to be the next young star.
But, his momentum was halted at UFC 287 just as quick, losing a decision to Christian Rodriguez. After Noche UFC, his star power is back, according to the 18-year-old. Indeed, during Noche UFC’s post-fight press conference (watch here), Rosas Jr. proclaimed he has legitimate superstar potential.
“I’m different,” Rosas Jr. told the media. “I have a potential to be a superstar [and] break all these records, so I’m blessed. I’m just being myself. And I’m blessed that I am the way I am. And I know I have the potential to become one of the biggest superstars of the company.
“I just got to live day by day and focus on one goal and then go after another,” he continued. “Right now, it is just come back, have another amazing performance, climb up the ladder, and go from there.”
Rosas Jr. is currently 1-1 in UFC and hopes to return one more time this year.
What say you, Maniacs — does Rosas Jr. have that superstar potential?
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