Mark De La Rosa


Hit with medical suspension
June 15, 2020
De La Rosa has been medically suspended through July 29 with an undisclosed injury, reports.
De La Rosa will also not be eligible for any contact until July 14. This news comes after his loss via unanimous decision to Jordan Espinosa at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. The loss marked his fourth straight. His regression over the last two and a half years with the UFC has been apparent, as he has not won since November of 2018.
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Losing streak hits four
June 13, 2020
De La Rosa lost to Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 26-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
De La Rosa can't get out of his own way at the moment. A submission specialist with very little power in his hands, De La Rosa was thoroughly dominated by Espinosa on the feet. De La Rosa's striking form is fine, but he obviously lacks confidence in that area of the sport and for good reason. He was also ineffective during the ground exchanges between the two men and looked tired in the later stages of the fight due to all the punishment he absorbed. De La Rosa has legitimately regressed during his two and a half years with the UFC. He has lost four fights in a row and is without a victory dating back to November 2018. The company is going to have a difficult time justifying giving De La Rosa another opportunity.
Set for June 13 fight
May 20, 2020
De La Rosa is scheduled to take on Jordan Espinosa in a bantamweight matchup June 13 at a yet-to-be-determined location, Farah Hannoun of reports.
De La Rosa is looking to climb out of a hole after losing three straight bouts following a promising start to his career. He will get his next opportunity against another fighter who's struggling in his own right, with Espinosa having been submitted in the first round of each of his last two. Both men stand at 5-foot-6, but Espinosa will hold a four-inch reach advantage when the Octagon doors close. It's a smaller sample size, but Espinosa also appears to have statistical edges in both striking and grappling.
Drops third straight in Rio Rancho
February 15, 2020
De la Rosa lost to Raulian Paiva via KO (punches) at 4:42 of Round 2 at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
De la Rosa attempted a takedown relatively early in the first round, but once that was stuffed, he was content to strike with Paiva the rest of the way out. His best weapon was the body shot, which landed several times, but Paiva was able to utilize his reach advantage and start picking him apart with jabs from a distance. As the second frame was nearing an end, de la Rosa was dropped with a right hand, and Paiva proceeded to pounce for the finish. De la Rosa falls to 2-4 in the UFC with his third consecutive loss.
Slated for UFC Rio Rancho
December 10, 2019
De La Rosa will square off against Raulian Paiva at UFC Rio Rancho on Feb. 15, Mark Raimondl of ESPN reports.
De La Rosa is coming off back-to-back defeats via unanimous decision but will aim to even up his UFC record against an opponent in Raulian Paiva, who is also coming off a pair of losses. On an interesting side not, De La Rosa and his wife, Montana, will be fighting on the same card.
Loses second straight fight
August 31, 2019
De La Rosa lost to Kai Kara-France via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 29-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Shenzhen, China.
A hard hitting power puncher like Kara-France is the worst possible opponent for a ground specialist like De La Rosa and he predictably struggled with the hand speed and movement of the New Zealand native. De La Rosa has zero chance of beating anyone of note if he can't get them to the mat and he landed just one of seven takedown attempts on Saturday. De La Rosa is 25 years old and has fourteen pro fights under his belt, so it's quite clear there isn't any future power on the way. He falls to 2-3 in his first five UFC bouts.