May 28, 1983 |
Del Rio, Texas, United States
|Other names||Big Red|
|Residence||San Antonio, Texas|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (205 lb) Heavyweight (265 lb)|
|Reach||77.0 in (196 cm)|
|Years active||2005 - present|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Born and raised in the border-town of Del Rio, Texas, Rosa was a talented football player, competing at Del Rio High School before continuing his career at Angelo State University, where he was also a standout. In January 2004, Rosa began training in mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Rosa made his amateur debut later that year in 2004 and made his professional debut in November 2005. Rosa compiled an undefeated record of 9-0 fighting on the local circuit before being signed by ShoXC.
Rosa made his promotional debut on July 27, 2007 at ShoXC: Elite Challengers Series against Jefferson Silva and won via TKO. Rosa made his next appearance on October 26, 2007 against Jared Hamman and was handed his first professional defeat via rear-naked choke submission in the second round. Rosa then faced Jaime Fletcher on March 21, 2008 and was defeated again, via unanimous decision.
After picking up a win under the Adrenaline MMA banner, Rosa made his Strikeforce debut at Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina on May 15, 2009 in a Light Heavyweight bout against Anthony Ruiz. Rosa won via rear-naked choke submission in the first round. Rosa made his next appearance on November 20, 2009 at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears against Rafael Cavalcante. Rosa was defeated in the second round via TKO.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On May 13, 2011 it was announced that Rosa had signed with the UFC.
Rosa is married and has a daughter.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||17 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||17–6||Mikhail Zayats||Submission (kimura)||Bellator 103||October 11, 2013||1||0:47||Mulvane, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||17–5||James Te-Huna||TKO (punches)||UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2012||1||2:08||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||17–4||Matt Lucas||Decision (majority)||UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos||November 12, 2011||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States||Return to Light Heavyweight|
|Loss||16–4||Joey Beltran||TKO (punches)||UFC 131||June 11, 2011||3||1:26||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||Heavyweight bout|
|Win||16–3||Abe Wagner||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Titan FC 17: Lashley vs. Ott||March 25, 2011||2||0:35||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Heavyweight bout|
|Win||15–3||Devin Cole||Decision (unanimous)||Shark Fights 13||September 11, 2010||3||5:00||Amarillo, Texas, United States||Heavyweight bout|
|Win||14–3||Jay Peche||TKO (punches)||ABG: Promotions||July 17, 2010||1||4:47||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Win||13–3||Robert Villegas||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 20||May 27, 2010||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States||Light Heavyweight bout|
|Loss||12–3||Rafael Cavalcante||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears||November 20, 2009||2||3:25||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||Light Heavyweight bout|
|Win||12–2||Anthony Ruiz||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce Challengers: Evangelista vs. Aina||May 15, 2009||1||4:29||Fresno, California, United States||Light Heavyweight bout|
|Win||11–2||Ron Fields||TKO (punches)||Adrenaline MMA: Guida vs. Russow||June 14, 2008||2||0:34||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||10–2||Jaime Fletcher||Decision (unanimous)||ShoXC: Elite Challengers Series||March 21, 2008||3||5:00||Santa Ynez, California, United States|
|Loss||10–1||Jared Hamman||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ShoXC: Elite Challengers Series||October 26, 2007||2||1:46||Santa Ynez, California, United States|
|Win||10–0||Jefferson Silva||TKO (doctor stoppage)||ShoXC: Elite Challengers Series||July 27, 2007||1||5:00||Santa Ynez, California, United States|
|Win||9–0||Matt Thomas||Decision (split)||World Cage Fighting 1||June 23, 2007||3||3:00||Southhaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||8–0||Corey Salter||TKO (punches)||JJL Promotions: Sudden Impact 1||February 27, 2007||3||0:10||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Win||7–0||Jesse Vasquez||TKO (punches)||Renegades Extreme Fighting||January 20, 2007||2||0:10||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||6–0||Anthony Trotter||TKO (punches)||NLE: Ultimate Fright Night||October 28, 2006||2||N/A||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||5–0||Robert Masko||Decision (unanimous)||Renegades Extreme Fighting||September 30, 2006||4||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–0||Lance Ramoth||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Renegades Extreme Fighting||June 17, 2006||4||0:28||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||3–0||Patrick Miller||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Renegades Extreme Fighting||March 25, 2006||1||0:44||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||2–0||Matt Thompson||Decision (unanimous)||Renegades Extreme Fighting||February 10, 2006||3||5:00||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||1–0||Shane Faulkner||Decision (unanimous)||Renegades Extreme Fighting||November 5, 2005||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
- Michael David Smith. "Seth Petruzelli Destroys Kimbo Slice; EliteXC Star Is the Ultimate Fraud". MMA Fighting.
- "Aaron Rosa vs. Robert Villegas Set For Bellator 20". 411Mania.
- "Beltran draws Strikeforce import Rosa at UFC 131". MMAJunkie.
- "Rosa Cuts to 205, Meets Maldonado at UFC Live 6". sherdog.com. 2011-08-17.
- "Fabio Maldonado scratched from UFC on Versus 6 due to injury". mmajunkie.com. September 14, 2011.
- "Lucas vs. Rosa added to UFC on FOX 1". mmajunkie.com. October 4, 2011.
- "James Te Huna vs Aaron Rosa possible for March 3 in Australia". mmamania.com. 23 December 2011.
- Anton Tabuena (June 4, 2012). "UFC Releases Several Fighters From Their Roster". bloodyelbow.com.