Charles Rosa

Charles Rosa (born August 24, 1986) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Charles Rosa
Born (1986-08-24) August 24, 1986 (age 35)
Peabody, Massachusetts, United States
Other namesBoston Strong
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Reach69 in (180 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofBoca Raton, Florida, United States[4]
TeamAmerican Top Team (2008–present)[5]
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Libório[6]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission8
By decision3
By knockout1
By decision5
UniversityJohnson & Wales University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Charles is of Italian descent and,[7] the son of Chucky and Mary Rosa was born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts.[8] Rosa's father, grandfather, and uncle were all professional boxers. Rosa had two older brothers, Domenic and Vincent, who both died from accidental drug overdoses.[9] He also has a sister, Teresa, and two younger brothers, Lucas and Francis.[9] Growing up, Rosa played football, hockey, lacrosse, and also trained in karate.

Rosa continued playing lacrosse at Johnson & Wales University, where he also earned a degree in the culinary arts. After graduating from the college, Rosa later relocated to Florida to find a fresh start.[9] Looking for a boxing gym, Rosa stumbled upon American Top Team gym, where he began to train in mixed martial arts.[10]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Rosa compiled an amateur MMA record of 11-2 and made his professional debut in 2012 competing in regional promotions across the Northeastern United States. He compiled an undefeated record of 9-0, finishing all of his opponents before signing with the UFC in the summer of 2014.[11]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Rosa made his promotional debut as a short notice replacement against Dennis Siver on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 53, replacing an injured Robert Whiteford.[12] Siver won the back and forth fight via unanimous decision.[13] Subsequently, both participants earned Fight of the Night honors.[14]

Rosa faced Sean Soriano on January 18, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 59.[15] Rosa won the bout via submission in the third round.[16]

Rosa then faced Yair Rodríguez on June 13, 2015 at UFC 188.[17] He lost the fight by split decision.[18] Despite the loss, Rosa also earned Rodríguez his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[19]

Rosa was originally expected to face Jimy Hettes on January 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 81.[20] However, Hettes pulled out of the fight in the week leading up to the event and was very briefly replaced by promotional newcomer Augusto Mendes.[21] Just two days later, Mendes was removed from the fight and was replaced by Kyle Bochniak.[22] Rosa won the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

Rosa faced Shane Burgos on April 8, 2017 at UFC 210.[24] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.[25] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.[26]

Rosa was expected to face Mizuto Hirota on September 23, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 117.[27] However, the bout was canceled on the day of the weigh-ins as Hirota missed weight and was deemed medically unfit to compete.[28]

Rosa was expected to face Dan Ige on January 20, 2018 at UFC 220.[29] However, on December 22, 2017, it was reported that Rosa was pulled from the event due to neck injury.[30]

I had that moment where the doctor said, ‘You should consider hanging it up [due to your neck injury]'. That almost brought tears to my eyes when he said that. There was silence in the room. I stopped and I said, ‘What’s the other option? He didn’t really say, so I told him what the other option is: ‘I’m going to defy all odds and I’m going to beat this. I’m going to work hard and I’m going to do everything I can possibly do to come back.[31]

After hiatus for 30 months due to neck injury, Rosa returned and faced Manny Bermudez on October 18, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 6.[32] At the weigh-in, Bermudez weighed in at 148 pounds, 2 pounds over the featherweight non-title fight limit of 146. The bout was held at catchweight. Bermudez was fined 20% of his purse which went to Rosa.[33] He won the fight via a submission in round one.[34] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[35]

Rosa was scheduled to face Bryce Mitchell on May 2, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman.[36] However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed[37] and the bout eventually took place on May 9, 2020 at UFC 249.[38] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[39]

Rosa faced Kevin Aguilar on June 13, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Eye vs. Calvillo.[40] He won the fight via split decision.[40]

Rosa faced Darrick Minner on February 20, 2021 at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis.[41] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[42]

Rosa faced Justin Jaynes on June 26, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 190.[43] He won the fight by split decision.[44]

Rosa faced Damon Jackson on October 9, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 194.[45] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[46]

Personal lifeEdit

In addition to competing, Rosa works as a chef at an upscale steakhouse, Cut 432, in Delray Beach, Florida.[10]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 14 wins 6 losses
By knockout 3 1
By submission 8 0
By decision 3 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–6 Damon Jackson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Rodriguez October 8, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–5 Justin Jaynes Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov June 26, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–5 Darrick Minner Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis February 20, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–4 Kevin Aguilar Decision (split) UFC on ESPN: Eye vs. Calvillo June 13, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lightweight bout.
Loss 12–4 Bryce Mitchell Decision (unanimous) UFC 249 May 9, 2020 3 5:00 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 12–3 Manny Bermudez Submission (armbar) UFC on ESPN: Reyes vs. Weidman October 18, 2019 1 2:46 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Catchweight (148 lb) bout; Bermudez missed weight. Performance of the Night.
Loss 11–3 Shane Burgos TKO (punches) UFC 210 April 8, 2017 3 1:59 Buffalo, New York, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 11–2 Kyle Bochniak Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz January 17, 2016 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 10–2 Yair Rodríguez Decision (split) UFC 188 June 13, 2015 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico Fight of the Night.
Win 10–1 Sean Soriano Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver January 18, 2015 3 4:43 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 9–1 Dennis Siver Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story October 4, 2014 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden Fight of the Night.
Win 9–0 Jake Constant Submission (armbar) CES MMA 25 August 8, 2014 1 3:36 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Catchweight (149 lb) bout.
Win 8–0 Brylan Van Artsdalen Submission (armbar) CES MMA 22 March 14, 2014 1 3:25 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 7–0 Keith Richardson TKO (punches) Fight Lab 35 February 8, 2014 2 2:08 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Lightweight bout.
Win 6–0 Ralph Johnson Submission (anaconda choke) CES MMA 20 December 6, 2013 1 3:03 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States
Win 5–0 Steve McCabe Submission (Peruvian necktie) CES MMA: Rise or Fall October 4, 2013 1 1:39 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Lightweight bout.
Win 4–0 Sylvester Murataj TKO (punches) CES MMA: Gold Rush August 29, 2013 1 0:46 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Welterweight debut.
Win 3–0 Aaron Steadman Submission (triangle choke) CFA 11 May 24, 2013 1 3:26 Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Win 2–0 Jason Jones TKO (punches) CFA 9 January 19, 2013 1 3:52 Coral Gables, Florida, United States Lightweight debut.
Win 1–0 Hauley Tillman Submission (armbar) CFA 9 August 24, 2012 1 1:56 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Catchweight (158 lb) bout.


See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Stats | UFC". Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  4. ^ Dave Doyle (2015-01-17). "From flag-stealing to fighting, Boston's Charles Rosa comes full circle".
  5. ^ Ben Fowlkes (December 4, 2013). "How UFC vet Charles McCarthy has put a career's worth of mistakes to good use".
  6. ^ Jason Floyd (April 6, 2016). "UFC featherweight Charles Rosa talks about receiving his jiu-jitsu black belt". The MMA Report Podcast.
  7. ^ "Peabody's Charles Rosa where he belongs in UFC". We the Italians.
  8. ^ a b Kiki Evans (October 9, 2014). "Rosa claims $50K for Fight of the Night in UFC".
  9. ^ a b c Jim Norton (April 23, 2020). "Dan Hardy and Charles Rosa" (Podcast).
  10. ^ a b Kyle Nagel (2015-11-28). "Fight Path: Charles Rosa trades in hockey for MMA – but the culinary pursuits can stay".
  11. ^ Kiki Evans (2014-10-02). "Charles Rosa steps up fighting game, signs with UFC". Retrieved 2014-10-02.
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  13. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-10-04). "UFC UFC Fight Night 53 results: Dennis Siver gets judges' nod over crafty Charles Rosa". Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  14. ^ a b Staff (2014-10-04). "UFC Fight Night 53 bonuses: Siver and Rosa earn $50,000 'FOTN' awards". Retrieved 2014-10-04.
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  16. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-01-18). "UFC Fight Night 59 results: Charles Rosa's slick grappling downs Sean Soriano". Retrieved 2015-01-18.
  17. ^ Jason Floyd (2015-02-24). "Yair Rodriguez vs. Charles Rosa official for UFC 188". Retrieved 2015-02-24.
  18. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-06-13). "UFC 188 results: Yair Rodriguez splits with Charles Rosa, then spits up in interview". Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  19. ^ a b Matt Erickson (2015-06-14). "UFC 188 bonuses: Fabricio Werdum cashes $50,000 extra check. Who joined him?". Retrieved 2015-06-14.
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