For many people outside of hardcore UFC fans the name Charles Rosa (10-4) might not mean anything and if that is the case for you then you should probably take note — Charles Rosa is soon to be a household name. Rosa stormed onto the MMA scene fighting in regional promotions throughout the east coast, winning his first nine fights all by submission or knock out and with eight first-round finishes before getting called up to the UFC.

Though he has gone 1-2 in his first three fights inside the octagon, with losses to Denis Siver and Yair Rodriguez and a victory over Sean Soriano, he has not disappointed anybody, winning two fight of the night bonuses with his most recent coming after his split decision loss to Yair Rodriguez at UFC 188. On January 17, 2016, live from the TD Garden in Boston, Mass, at UFC Fight Night 81: Cruz vs. Dillashaw, Rosa will have the opportunity to once again win fight of the night and rebound from his previous loss as he faces Jimy Hettes (11-3) in a preliminary bout.

Leading into his fight with Hettes, Rosa will be sitting down with Josh Davis of Press Box Insider and The MMA Corner to do a weekly blog to discuss his training camp as he prepares to return home to fight in front of his home town fans.

Any time a fighter goes 1-2 in their first three fights, there is always the concern that if they lose again they will be released, and that fear can cause problems in training camp. It can cause fighters to over-train, mentally break due to the pressure before the fight, suffer injuries, etc., but that is not the case for Rosa, who appears to be very calm, confident, and ready to perform for the fans. “I am in the best shape of my life right now, fighting January 17th, at the Boston Gardens for the UFC. I grew up in Boston as a kid so I get to the sports venue I grew up watching my favorite sport teams play, the Bruins, the Celtics, and I get to go fight there. It was always my dream to compete as an athlete there and I get the opportunity to do it again,” Rosa stated.

Hettes is another fighter that stormed onto the MMA scene, grabbing the UFC’s attention after winning his first 10 fights. However, Hettes also stumbled once joining the UFC. Hettes won his first two fights but has gone 1-3 in his last four fights.  Don’t let his last four fights fool you, Hettes is no slouch and Rosa is not taking him lightly. “Jimmy Hettes is a tough opponent; he is a six fight UFC veteran. He is a tough guy, he has a lot of jiu jitsu skills. I have a lot of respect for him, but I think it is a great match up for me, great opponent. It’s a guy that that likes to come forward, a guy that likes to fight, not run away and he’s a guy that pushes forward so were going to clash, so it’s going to be a good one for everyone.”

While Rosa is 100% percent focused on his upcoming fight with Hettes, Rosa did break down a future matchup between himself and newly crowned featherweight champion Conor McGregor. “When I fight Conor McGregor, I have a plan. In my head I see myself fighting him in Boston, he brings a big crowd to Boston, he brings out the Irish fans. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Boston is my house, it is my town and I see the fight happening there. I think that when I fight him it will be me taking him down and submitting him.  I think his wrestling defense is decent, he just went against Chad Mendes (who) is a great wrestler and he was able to do what he said he was going to do, but you also have to look at a guy like Ryan Hall who just won the Ultimate Fighter. He knows his jiu jitsu is that much better than someone else’s, he just went for it and was actually able to beat Conor McGregor’s teammate Artem. He was able to take him down and control him the whole fight and that’s kind of what I see myself doing. I think I’d be able to get on his neck and choke him out. That is what I see myself doing.”

Rosa has a lot of work ahead of him if he is going to get his shot at the king’s title, but with his talent and work ethic he will have the opportunities to earn it.

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Josh Davis
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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.