Christian Rodriguez proved too much for Raul Rosas Jr. as he suffered his first career loss at UFC 287. Rodriguez showed excellent takedown defense and composure, frustrating Rosas Jr.’s takedown attempts in the first round.
Although Rosas Jr. got a takedown, he couldn’t capitalize on it. He also managed to get on Rodriguez’s back, but the latter was successful in defending the submission attempts.
In the second round, Rodriguez appeared to be the fresher competitor and dominated Rosas Jr. with his submission attempts. The young contender entered the third round visibly exhausted, while Rodriguez showcased his experience and composure. The judges scored the action 29-28 unanimously in favor of Rodriguez, who extended his record to 9-1.
— Just ripped a bong hit with my bear Ted (@stonedagainbro) April 9, 2023
Although several UFC stars supported Rosas Jr. to come back stronger, others took it as an opportunity to mock the young prospect.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 9, 2023
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman commented that it would serve as a good ego check for Rosas Jr., while Henry Cejudo called Rosas Jr. a one-trick pony. Sean Strickland also took a shot at Rosas Jr., saying that he signed a kid to face men.
Couldn’t of said it better. 18 and on a stage like that. https://t.co/VI8JR6oKYq
— D (@darrentill2) April 9, 2023
Despite the mocking, Rosas Jr. received some support and admiration for his incredible effort in the octagon. He’s still young, and this experience will serve as a lesson to become a better competitor.
Remember when Raul Rosas Jr said he would finish Aljamain Sterling…
— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) April 9, 2023
Rosas issued a statement afterwards: