August 24, 1986|
Peabody, Massachusetts, United States
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
Featherweight (135–145 Ib)|
Lightweight (145–155 Ib)
Welterweight (155–170 Ib)
|Reach||69.0 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Libório|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Johnson & Wales University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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.
Mixed martial arts career
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 Championship
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 cancelled on the day of the weigh-ins as Hirota missed weight and was deemed medically unfit to compete.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||11 wins||3 losses|
|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.|
- "Fight Card - UFC 188 Velasquez vs. Werdum". UFC.com. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
- "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night McGregor vs. Siver". UFC.com. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- Dave Doyle (2015-01-17). "From flag-stealing to fighting, Boston's Charles Rosa comes full circle". mmafighting.com.
- Jason Floyd (April 6, 2016). "UFC featherweight Charles Rosa talks about receiving his jiu-jitsu black belt". The MMA Report Podcast.
- Kyle Nagel (2015-11-28). "Fight Path: Charles Rosa trades in hockey for MMA – but the culinary pursuits can stay". mmajunkie.com.
- Kiki Evans (2014-10-02). "Charles Rosa steps up fighting game, signs with UFC". seacoastonline.com. Retrieved 2014-10-02.
- Jacob Cooper (2014-09-30). "Dennis Siver now faces Charles Rosa at UFC Fight Night 53". fansided.com. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
- Dann Stupp (2014-10-04). "UFC UFC Fight Night 53 results: Dennis Siver gets judges' nod over crafty Charles Rosa". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
- Staff (2014-10-04). "UFC Fight Night 53 bonuses: Siver and Rosa earn $50,000 'FOTN' awards". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
- MMA Fighting Newswire (2014-12-19). "Charles Rosa will face Sean Soriano at UFC Fight Night 59". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-12-19.
- Ben Fowlkes (2015-01-18). "UFC Fight Night 59 results: Charles Rosa's slick grappling downs Sean Soriano". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-18.
- Jason Floyd (2015-02-24). "Yair Rodriguez vs. Charles Rosa official for UFC 188". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2015-02-24.
- Steven Marrocco (2015-06-13). "UFC 188 results: Yair Rodriguez splits with Charles Rosa, then spits up in interview". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
- Matt Erickson (2015-06-14). "UFC 188 bonuses: Fabricio Werdum cashes $50,000 extra check. Who joined him?". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
- Elias Cepeda (2015-10-17). "Charles Rosa vs. Jim Hettes set for Jan. 17 in Boston". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
- Staff (2016-01-11). "Augusto Mendes, Elvis Mutapcic make debuts on short notice at UFC Fight Night 81". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
- Staff (2016-01-14). "Newcomer Kyle Bochniak a late addition to Sunday's UFC Fight Night 81 lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
- Brent Brookhouse (2016-01-17). "UFC Fight Night 81 results: Charles Rosa outlasts game Kyle Bochniak for decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
- Staff (2017-01-27). "More bouts added to UFC 210 in Buffalo". buffalonews.com. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
- Ben Fowlkes (2017-04-08). "UFC 210 results: Shane Burgos drops Charles Rosa, wins by third-round TKO to stay unbeaten". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
- Tristen Critchfield (2017-04-08). "UFC 210 Bonuses: Oliveira, Burgos, Rosa, Gillespie receive $50K Awards". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2017-04-09.
- Dann Stupp (2017-08-06). "Slew of bouts official for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
- Ken Hathaway (2017-09-21). "Mizuto Hirota pulled from UFC-Japan after scary weigh-in incident". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
- "Charles Rosa vs Dan Ige added to UFC 220 in Boston - MMA Mad". MMA Mad. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
- DNA, MMA. "Charles Rosa vecht niet tijdens UFC 220 in Boston vanwege een nekblessure". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-12-22.