On Tuesday night at Dana White's Contender Series 55 at the UFC Apex, the 17-year-old stunned many with his dominating performance. All three judges scored the bout between Rosas and Mando Gutierrez, 25, a 30-27 unanimous decision for Rosas.
It was enough to not only add to Rosas's undefeated record, but also to get the notice of UFC president Dana White, who promptly offered Rosas a contract with the organization. Despite widespread skepticism about Rosas's chances of landing a contract because of his tender years, the Mexican prospect was confident that he would be given the opportunity.
“Hell no, I’m here for a reason,” Rosas said.
“I knew he was going to give me that contract, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. I’m 17, and I’m 6-0.
“I know what I can do, and (White) knows what I can do. Well, he really doesn’t, but he will know what I can do out there. I would fight this Saturday, but I heard there’s no event this Saturday, so I’ll fight when they have another event. I’m just ready to go out there and get the kill.”
“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.”