Montana De La Rosa

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Draws Lipski on June fight night card
FlyweightUFC
May 3, 2021
De la Rosa will take on Ariane Lipski (orbital) in a flyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for June 5, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
De la Rosa started her UFC run with four victories in five fights but is now winless in her last two after fighting Mayra Bueno Silva to a majority draw in February. She'll look to bounce back against Lipski, a fighter who isn't afraid to get hit in order to land her own shots (as shown by a negative striking differential). In addition to having an inch in both height and reach on Lipski, de la Rosa should have a major edge in the wrestling game. She averages 2.14 takedowns per 15 minutes, while Lipski defends them at just a 45 percent clip.
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Fortunate to earn draw
FlyweightUFC
February 27, 2021
De La Rosa and Mayra Bueno Silva fought to a majority draw (27-28, 28-28, 28-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
De La Rosa should be satisfied with the draw given the fact she would have been saddled with another loss had Bueno Silva not been docked a point in Round 1 for grabbing the fence. De La Rosa's biggest issue has long been her ability to damage her opposition in the striking game, but she turned up the pace in Round 2 and landed 45 of 61 total attempts. Of course, just 11 of them were of the significant variety. The definition of roster depth, De La Rosa is now 3-2-1 in her first half dozen UFC bouts. She doesn't have a single knockout victory in her career, and that lack of power in her hands makes it a near certainty there won't be an extended winning streak on the way in the future.
Paired against Mayra Bueno Silva
FlyweightUFC
December 22, 2020
De La Rosa is set to take on Mayra Bueno Silva in a flyweight matchup on Feb. 27, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
De La Rosa began her UFC career with three straight victories but has since gone on to lose two of her last three, most recently falling on the wrong side of a unanimous decision against Viviane Araujo in September. Bueno Silva has gone 2-1 with the promotion, with both of her victories coming via first-round submission.
Upcoming fight scrapped
FlyweightUFC
December 5, 2020
De la Rosa will no longer face Taila Santos at UFC Vegas 16 on Saturday after the fight was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
One of De la Rosa's cornermen reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Saturday's matchup, so the fight will be called off out of an abundance of caution. Her return timeline likely depends on her health in the coming weeks.
Steps in to face Santos
FlyweightUFC
November 18, 2020
De la Rosa will step in on short notice to face Talia Santos in a flyweight bout scheduled for Dec. 5 in Las Vegas, Marcelo Barone of Globo Esporte reports.
ANALYSIS
De la Rosa is looking to get back on the right track after dropping two of her last three bouts, and this fight could potentially get her a record above .500 in the year 2020 (three fights). She'll have a one-inch height advantage over Santos, with both women measuring a 68-inch reach. Statistically, Santos has the edge in most striking and grappling categories, though it's occurred over a smaller sample size. Avoiding the takedown will be key to winning this fight, as de la Rosa has been taking down a combined six times in her only two UFC losses. Santos registered five takedowns in her last matchup against Molly McCann.
Stays on back foot in loss
FlyweightUFC
September 5, 2020
De La Rosa lost to Viviane Araujo via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
De La Rosa is a grappler by trade, so it was odd to see her be content having a kickboxing match with Araujo for the better part of 15 minutes. While her striking (and kicks in particular) does look to have improved, this wasn't the fight to try to show it, as Araujo is a slick, athletic thai fighter with power. She has had a nice run in the Octagon after a shaky start to her career, but it's clear that De La Rosa will need to lean more heavily on her wrestling and submission game to find sustained success. She falls to 11-6 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.