Mark De La Rosa will take on Raulian Paiva in a flyweight contest Sunday, Feb 16. This UFC Fight Night will take place in the Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho. Corey Anderson v Jan Blachowicz will headline the event.
Flyweight Mark De La Rosa (11-3) will make his sixth walk to the UFC octagon under the bright light’s at UFC Rancho. De La Rosa, known as “The Bumblebee“, looks to get back to winning ways in 2020, after suffering two tough unanimous decision losses on the bounce last year. De La Rosa took two losses to Alex Perez and Kai Kara-France. The new year sees De La Rosa with a fresh start and fresh mind.
De La Rosa made his UFC debut back in 2017 suffering a round two submission stoppage to Tim Elliot. However, in 2018, we first saw what De La Rosa is capable of, taking two wins out of two against Elias Garcia and Joby Sanchez. De La Rosa is still so young in the sport at 25. He’s still developing and improving his game. People don’t realise it’s how hard it is to fight on the biggest stage of them all. I firmly believe De La Rosa will hit the ground running as he hits his prime.
De La Rosa will stand across the cage to the Brazilian Raulian Paiva (18-3). At only 24, Paiva has an impressive record, a ton of experience behind him, and is a BJJ blackbelt. Paiva was introduced to viewers on ‘Dana White’s Contender Series’ back in 2018 where he picked up a split decision win. Fast forward 7 months and Pavia was making his UFC debut. Unfortunately for Paiva, he took a split decision loss to Kai Kara-France. Fast -orward 6 months later he then faced his third pro loss to Rogerio Bontorin via doctor stoppage.
Both fighters are coming off of two losses in 2019. I believe this was a great matchup to make and I look forward to seeing how it unfolds on February 16th.
I managed to get a quick chat with De La Rosa ahead of his bout, which I’d like to thank him for.
This bout marks your sixth under the UFC. What does it mean to you to be fighting under the biggest MMA organisation in the world?
De La Rosa – “It means a lot to me. It was always my goal to fight under the UFC before I turned 25.”
Your last two fights have unfortunately seen you take two losses. How important is it for you to bounce back with a win in February?
De La Rosa – “It’s very important to get a win on February 15th, so I can continue to build my name.”
You previously won 11 fights before taking your first loss. Does taking your first loss change you mentally after being on such a great run or do you see it as a lesson learnt?
De La Rosa – “I use taking the loss as a lesson learnt. When you’re inside that cage anything can happen and everyone has a punchers chance.”
After your last two fights with Perez and Kara-France, have you switched anything up in this current camp or has everything more or less remained the same?
De La Rosa – “I’ve switched many things up, I’m excited to showcase it on February 15th.”
How do you view Paiva as an opponent and where do you see his biggest threat in his game is?
De La Rosa – “Paiva is a tall 125er and very dangerous everywhere. He is a Brazilian Jiujitsu blackbelt and is not scared to strike. I’m excited to test my skills against him.”
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