Youngest ever UFC fighter is high-school student ready to do ‘crazy s***’

High-school student Raul Rosas Jr has promised to put on a show and 'do some crazy s*** when he makes his UFC debut at the age of 18 this weekend.

The American bantamweight prospect is a senior year at high school but fears nobody with lofty ambitions to beat franchise's best fighters. The 18-year-old will make become the youngest fighter to compete in the franchise this weekend when he walks out to face Jay Perrin on the preliminary card of UFC 282 in Las Vegas.

Nicknamed ' ‘El Nino Problema’ the teenager won a UFC contract in September by dominating Mando Gutierrez in the Contender Series. UFC boss Dana White said he’d never seen a fighter like Rosas before following his win.

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"I feel comfortable striking with anybody," Rosas told the Daily Mirror. "I know I’ve still got to get better, but even right now if I was to fight the UFC champion I know I would take him out. Not only win, but finish him. I keep getting better and better, but even at this level I can beat anybody," he added.

"I’m ready to be on the big stage so I’m glad I’m fighting on the pay-per-view card. I’ve been putting a lot of work in and the UFC put me in because I’m going to go and finish this guy. If there’s anybody to put on the pay-per-view card it’s someone like me because I’m a showman. When I fight, I enter the matrix, I fight to win for myself but to also be an entertainer and do some crazy s***."

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Rosas has grown up around fighting and first walked into a karate gym at the age of four. His first fight came four years later and it quickly became apparent that he was a formidable opponent. Initially the American trained in MMA for fun, but his talent was again visible and he soon started beating up rivals.

He won a youth world title with IMMAF, aged 14, but struggled to find willing fight opponents winning two amateur bouts before turning professional in Mexico aged 17.

He is now amassed a record of 5-0 in MMA and wants to win his first UFC world title at the age of 20 before targeting championship belts in three weight categories.

“From the ages of 8 to 14 I was fighting people my age, I lost twice and won 25 times. I also went to Italy to compete for an IMMAF title," he added. "After that, I knew I was the best teenager in the world. I made my amateur debut when I was 15, I fought twice and I won both in under one minute.

"I realised that nobody was gonna be on my level as I’d see the professionals, I knew I could beat them even though they were like 7-0. I went pro when I was 17 in Mexico as I couldn’t fight pro in the US until 18."


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