Mark De La Rosa


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.
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Headed back to flyweight
August 23, 2019
De La Rosa will take on Kai Kara France in a flyweight matchup at UFC Shenzhen on Aug. 31, Nolan King of reports.
De la Rosa didn't fare well in his last trip to bantamweight, getting outlanded 26-to-60 at the hands of Alex Perez en route to a unanimous decision loss. That evened his UFC record out at 2-2, but with the UFC apparently not ready to kill off the flyweight division just yet, de la Rosa will return to his natural weight class. He'll take on a 26-year-old prospect in Kara-France that is 2-0 under the UFC banner and averaging 4.80 significant strikes landed per minute across 30 minutes of fight time.
Outclassed by Alex Perez in Philly
March 30, 2019
De La Rosa lost to Alex Perez via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC on ESPN 2 on Saturday in Philadelphia.
De La Rosa started slowly and got worse as the fight went along. He was credited with just 21 significant strikes landed over the course of the 15-minute bout and he was unable to inflict any real damage on Perez. A submission specialist by trade, De La Rosa struggles come on the feet. The 24-year-old falls to 2-2 in his brief UFC run after Saturday's setback.
Facing Alex Perez at UFC Philly
March 13, 2019
De La Rosa (11-1-0) is scheduled to face Alex Perez (21-5-0) in a bantamweight match March 30 at UFC Philadelphia, Matt Mullins of reports.
De La Rosa re-enters the Octagon looking for his third straight win after most recently defeating Joby Sanchez at UFC Denver in November. The 24-year-old De La Rosa will have a slight advantage in youth working his favor against the Perez, 26, who owns a 3-1 record during his time with the promotion.
Gets break from judges in win over Joby Sanchez on Saturday
November 10, 2018
De La Rosa defeated Joby Sanchez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Denver.
It certainly wasn't De La Rosa's best effort and an argument can be made that he was fortunate to emerge with the victory. De La Rosa has little power in his hands and he showed that again on Saturday. His high-level ground game simply may not be enough to make up for De La Rosa's lack of striking ability. De La Rosa has youth on his side (24 years old), but there is no reason to be excited about him moving forward.
Submits Elias Garcia for first UFC victory
July 14, 2018
De la Rosa defeated Elias Garcia via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:00 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Boise, Idaho.
A week after this wife Montana picked up a RNC win at the TUF Finale, Mark followed with one of his own. It was a nice response from De La Rosa on the heels of his submission loss to Tim Elliott in his UFC debut in December. De la Rosa is a terrific mat specialist and has room for growth at age 23, but he has a distinct lack of power in his hands and he will need to improve in that area to have any continued success with the company. Saturday was a good start.