Mexican-American Raul Rosas Jr. erased the memory of his previous outing in less than a minute at Noche UFC.
On the main card of the event celebrating Mexican Independence Day at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Rosas Jr. (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) made quick work of Terrance Mitchell (14-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC). The hand speed of Rosas Jr. was too much for Mitchell, as the fight was stopped just 54 seconds into Round 1.
Rosas Jr. came out of the gates fast and landed a left hand punch that stiffened Mitchell. The way Mitchell fell to the canvas, it appeared Rosas Jr. landed a walk-off knockout, but the fight wasn’t quite done yet. Rosas Jr. capitalized on the moment as Mitchell attempted to stay in the fight, but the punches that rained down eventually led to the TKO stoppage a few seconds later.
“I had to prove a point today,” Rosas Jr. said during his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier. “Last fight, no excuses – but man, I knew I had to come back from that. I knew I’m better than that. I disappointed my fans, my people. So, I hope I made y’all proud today.
“And Dana (White), another fifty Gs. Ain’t no comeback get better than that, and these custom suits ain’t cheap, and Uncle Sam is unforgiving. Woo!”
Rosas Jr., 18, rebounds from a unanimous decision loss to Christian Rodriguez at UFC 287, which was the first setback of his career. Both of Rosas Jr.’s victories have come by first-round finish.
Up-to-the-minute Noche UFC results include:
Raul Rosas Jr. def. Terrence Mitchell via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:54
Daniel Zellhuber def. Christos Giagos via submission (anaconda choke) – Round 2, 3:26
Kyle Nelson def. Fernando Padilla via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Loopy Godinez def. Elise Reed via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:38
Roman Kopylov def. Josh Fremd via TKO (body punch) – Round 2, 4:44
Edgar Chairez vs. Daniel Lacerda declared no contest (referee stoppage overturned) – Round 1, 3:47
Tracy Cortez def. Jasmine Jasudavicius via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Charlie Campbell def. Alex Reyes via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:38
Josefine Knutsson def. Marnic Mann via unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-27)
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