The UFC’s talent-rich bantamweight pool is one of several divisions that is undergoing a youth movement thus far in 2019. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet a crafty bumblebee who has showcased his deadly sting to cement his status as one of the division’s top young talents. A professional since September 2014 and representing Factory X, Mark De La Rosa owns an 11-1 record in 12 career bouts as a professional comprised of six submissions, four decisions and one knockout. Prior to making his debut appearance with the UFC in 2017, De La Rosa competed with numerous promotions including Combate Americas.
In his MMA debut, he submitted Marcus Huerta in the first round via rear naked choke. De La Rosa defeated his next two opponents via decision in Keeton Gorton and Michael Brasher. Then, he defeated Xavier Siler via TKO in the second round. At Xtreme Knockout 28 De La Rosa tapped out two-time UFC veteran Joseph Sandoval via rear naked choke in round one. He also submitted Kashiff Solarin via rear naked choke in the first round at Dominion Warrior Tri Combat. De La Rosa defeated Arthur Olivera via unanimous decision at Superior Combative Championships. In his debut appearance with Combate Americas at Combate 10, he submitted Ivan Hernandez Flores in the second round via arm triangle choke. For his second and final outing with Combate Americas at Combate 15, De La Rosa tapped out Mahatma Chi Bala Garcia Avolos via rear naked choke in round three.
In his second appearance with the UFC at UFN 133 that marked the UFC’S first ever trip to Idaho, he submitted Ellias Garcia in the second round via rear naked choke to capture his sixth submission win as a professional. For his third outing with the UFC at UFN 139, he defeated Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series season one alumni Joby Sanchez via split decision to earn back to back UFC victories. Just 24 years old, De La Rosa possesses a seriously lethal sting!