19 year old stud Raul Rosas Jr submits BJJ black belt Ricky Turcios at UFC Louisville

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, June 8, 2024 for UFC Louisville, going down live from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Headlining the event is a middleweight clash between no. 4 ranked former title challenger Jared Cannonier (17-6) and no. 7 ranked Nassourdine Imavov (13-4, 1 NC).

Co-headlining the event is a light-heavyweight bout showcasing another former title challenger, this one no. 15 ranked Dominick Reyes (12-4), who aims to snap his four-fight losing skid with a win in tonight’s co-main event over Dustin Jacoby (19-8-1).

Our feature fight of the evening came in the bantamweight division between teenage sensation Raul Rosas Jr (9-1) and The Ultimate Fighter 29 winner Ricky Turcios (12-4).

Each man came into tonight’s feature fight off one win, having won their UFC debuts, lost their sophomore efforts with the promotion, and won their most recent outings; both of Rosas’ wins came via first round finish with one submission and one TKO, both of Turcios’ wins came via split decision, and each of them lost unanimous decisions two fights ago.

Continue reading to see how this bantamweight encounter went down:

Official Result: Raul Rosas Jr def. Ricky Turcios via submission (rear naked choke) at 2:22 of round two

Turcios landed a couple solid body kicks in the opening minute of the bout, Rosas of which proceeded to catch one and put him on his back with a double leg takedown. He had Turcios grounded for much of the opening round, though he did get his back taken in a scramble and was put in a world of danger for minute there. Rosas battled his way out of Turcios’ rear naked choke attempt however and ended the first in dominant position.

Rosas took Turcios’ back again less than a minute into round two and quickly wrapped up the body triangle, eventually securing the tap midway through the round.

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Raul Rosas Jr is a seriously talented teenager. At just 19 years of age he became the first man to ever submit BJJ black belt Ricky Turcios, improving to 3-1 inside the UFC octagon tonight at UFC Louisville.

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Brady Ordway
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