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DANA WHITE ‘BLOWN AWAY’ BY 17-YEAR-OLD PROSPECT: ‘HE’S ABSOLUTELY SPECIAL’

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UFC president Dana White took a chance and booked 17-year-old prospect Raul Rosas Jr. to compete on Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series fight card.

Rosas became the youngest fighter to ever compete in White’s promotion and looked impressive, dominating Mando Gutierrez and winning by unanimous decision. Rosas also became the youngest fighter to receive a UFC contract.

“For a 17-year-old to conduct himself the way he did in this fight, I was blown away by it. Blown away,” White said during the event’s post-fight press conference at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

“After what I just saw, the kid is ready to fight in the UFC,” White added. “I’m very, very impressed with this kid. He’s absolutely special.”

Rosas competes in the bantamweight division. He took his first amateur fight at 15 and turned pro in November. In less than a year, Rosas has put together an undefeated 6-0 record.

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