Charles Rosa

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Charles Rosa
Born (1986-08-24) August 24, 1986 (age 32)
Peabody, Massachusetts, United States
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Reach69.0 in (175 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofBoca Raton, Florida, United States[3]
TeamAmerican Top Team
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Libório[4]
Years active2012-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission7
By decision1
By knockout1
By decision2
UniversityJohnson & Wales University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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


Born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts, Rosa's father, grandfather, and uncle were all professional boxers. 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 two of his brothers died from drug overdoses, Rosa later relocated to Florida, where he began to train in mixed martial arts at American Top Team.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[7] Siver won the back and forth fight via unanimous decision.[8] Subsequently, both participants earned Fight of the Night honors.[9]

Rosa faced Sean Soriano on January 18, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 59.[10] Rosa won the bout via submission in the third round.[11]

Rosa then faced Yair Rodríguez on June 13, 2015 at UFC 188.[12] He lost the fight by split decision.[13] Despite the loss, Rosa also earned Rodríguez his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[14]

Rosa was originally expected to face Jimy Hettes on January 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 81.[15] 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.[16] Just two days later, Mendes was removed from the fight and was replaced by Kyle Bochniak.[17] Rosa won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Rosa faced Shane Burgos on April 8, 2017 at UFC 210.[19] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.[20] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.[21]

Rosa was expected to face Mizuto Hirota on September 23, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 117.[22] However, the bout was cancelled on the day of the weigh-ins as Hirota missed weight and was deemed medically unfit to compete.[23]

Rosa was expected to face Dan Ige on January 20, 2018 at UFC 220.[24] However, on December 22, 2017, it was reported that Rosa was pulled from the event due to neck injury.[25]

Personal life[edit]

In addition to competing, Rosa works as a chef at an upscale steakhouse, Cut 432, in Delray Beach, Florida.[5]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 lbs) 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 lbs) bout.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 188 Velasquez vs. Werdum". Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night McGregor vs. Siver". Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  3. ^ Dave Doyle (2015-01-17). "From flag-stealing to fighting, Boston's Charles Rosa comes full circle".
  4. ^ Jason Floyd (April 6, 2016). "UFC featherweight Charles Rosa talks about receiving his jiu-jitsu black belt". The MMA Report Podcast.
  5. ^ a b Kyle Nagel (2015-11-28). "Fight Path: Charles Rosa trades in hockey for MMA – but the culinary pursuits can stay".
  6. ^ Kiki Evans (2014-10-02). "Charles Rosa steps up fighting game, signs with UFC". Retrieved 2014-10-02.
  7. ^ Jacob Cooper (2014-09-30). "Dennis Siver now faces Charles Rosa at UFC Fight Night 53". Retrieved 2014-09-30.
  8. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-10-04). "UFC UFC Fight Night 53 results: Dennis Siver gets judges' nod over crafty Charles Rosa". Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  9. ^ Staff (2014-10-04). "UFC Fight Night 53 bonuses: Siver and Rosa earn $50,000 'FOTN' awards". Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  10. ^ MMA Fighting Newswire (2014-12-19). "Charles Rosa will face Sean Soriano at UFC Fight Night 59". Retrieved 2014-12-19.
  11. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-01-18). "UFC Fight Night 59 results: Charles Rosa's slick grappling downs Sean Soriano". Retrieved 2015-01-18.
  12. ^ Jason Floyd (2015-02-24). "Yair Rodriguez vs. Charles Rosa official for UFC 188". Retrieved 2015-02-24.
  13. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-06-13). "UFC 188 results: Yair Rodriguez splits with Charles Rosa, then spits up in interview". Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  14. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-06-14). "UFC 188 bonuses: Fabricio Werdum cashes $50,000 extra check. Who joined him?". Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  15. ^ Elias Cepeda (2015-10-17). "Charles Rosa vs. Jim Hettes set for Jan. 17 in Boston". Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  16. ^ Staff (2016-01-11). "Augusto Mendes, Elvis Mutapcic make debuts on short notice at UFC Fight Night 81". Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  17. ^ Staff (2016-01-14). "Newcomer Kyle Bochniak a late addition to Sunday's UFC Fight Night 81 lineup". Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  18. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-01-17). "UFC Fight Night 81 results: Charles Rosa outlasts game Kyle Bochniak for decision". Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  19. ^ Staff (2017-01-27). "More bouts added to UFC 210 in Buffalo". Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  20. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-04-08). "UFC 210 results: Shane Burgos drops Charles Rosa, wins by third-round TKO to stay unbeaten". Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  21. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2017-04-08). "UFC 210 Bonuses: Oliveira, Burgos, Rosa, Gillespie receive $50K Awards". Retrieved 2017-04-09.
  22. ^ Dann Stupp (2017-08-06). "Slew of bouts official for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan". Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  23. ^ Ken Hathaway (2017-09-21). "Mizuto Hirota pulled from UFC-Japan after scary weigh-in incident". Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  24. ^ "Charles Rosa vs Dan Ige added to UFC 220 in Boston - MMA Mad". MMA Mad. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  25. ^ DNA, MMA. "Charles Rosa vecht niet tijdens UFC 220 in Boston vanwege een nekblessure". Retrieved 2017-12-22.
  26. ^ "Charles". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-03-18.

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