|Born||August 24, 1986|
Peabody, Massachusetts, United States
|Other names||Boston Strong|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Reach||69 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team (2008–present)|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Libório|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Johnson & Wales University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Charles is of Italian descent and, the son of Chucky and Mary Rosa was born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts. 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. He also has a sister, Teresa, and two younger brothers, Lucas and Francis. 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. Looking for a boxing gym, Rosa stumbled upon American Top Team gym, where he began to train in mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts 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.
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. Siver won the back and forth fight via unanimous decision. Subsequently, both participants earned Fight of the Night honors.
Rosa was originally expected to face Jimy Hettes on January 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 81. 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. Just two days later, Mendes was removed from the fight and was replaced by Kyle Bochniak. Rosa won the fight via unanimous decision.
Rosa was expected to face Mizuto Hirota on September 23, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 117. However, the bout was canceled on the day of the weigh-ins as Hirota missed weight and was deemed medically unfit to compete.
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.
After hiatus for 30 months due to neck injury, Rosa returned and faced Manny Bermudez on October 18, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 6. 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. He won the fight via a submission in round one. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Rosa was scheduled to face Bryce Mitchell on May 2, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed and the bout eventually took place on May 9, 2020 at UFC 249. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||14 wins||6 losses|
|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.|
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