UFC president Dana White has been saying it for several years now, Dana White’s Contender Series [DWCS] produces future stars. This week another potential star was born.
On the ninth episode of DWCS this past Tuesday, 17-year-old Raul Rosas Jr. defeated Mando Gutierrez via unanimous decision to earn a UFC contract, making him the youngest UFC fighter in the organization’s history as well as the youngest fighter to compete on the show.
Followers, Followers, Followers
Since winning his UFC contract, his Instagram has exploded with new followers. Before his fight, he sat at less than 3k followers; on Wednesday, he was coming up on 120k.
Raul Rosas Jr. has less than 3k followers before his fight last night.
He is coming up on 120k pic.twitter.com/ygVrbBkJ3y
— Alex Behunin (@AlexBehunin) September 22, 2022
As of this writing, he is at 142,000 followers, and he keeps gaining more and more followers.
Rosas Jr. is turning 18 next month and is riding a six-fight win streak, with five of those wins coming by way of finish. The Mexican fighter is confident that he will be the youngest UFC champion, something that former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones still holds.
“I’m just ready to fight like every week, every month – I don’t even care,” Rosas said. “I’m all gas, no breaks. Like I said, I’ll rest when I’ll retire, when I’m old. You know, now we’re just getting started, so there’s no reason to take a break.
“I know it won’t be easy, but nothing is easy in this life. I will become the youngest UFC champion. I don’t care what it takes, nobody is going to take this away from me. If I could fight a top five in my UFC debut, I would, but I have to work my way up there, and I will be up there soon. I will become the youngest UFC champion when I’m like 19, 20, 21. It doesn’t matter.”
Rosas Jr. doesn’t have his UFC debut yet, but with how active he has been, it might come a lot sooner than later.