Fri. Dec 9th, 2022

Ever since August of 2018, Peabody-born Charles “Boston Strong” Rosa has been locked in a pattern regarding his fight results. He has been unable to hold a streak and not the Snapchat kind. In Rosa’s last ten fights, he has flip-flopped between win and loss. His most recent bout being a decision loss against Darrick Minner at UFC Fight Night 185.

Rosa started off his professional career in August of 2012 as a lightweight, though he had a welterweight bout against Sylvester Murataj back in August of 2013 which he won by TKO (punches) in just 46 seconds. He fought in Championship Fighting Alliance, CES MMA, and Fight Lab MMA before stepping up to the UFC on August 4th, 2014 against Dennis Silver.

Rosa made his Featherweight debut against Brylan Van Artsdalen on March 14th, 2014 which he won by an armbar in the first round. Ever since, Rosa has found his home in the featherweight division aside from two catchweight bouts at 149 lbs. & 148 lbs and a lightweight bout, all of which he won.

Charles Rosa after his win against Kevin Aguilar
Charles Rosa after his win against Kevin Aguilar (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The Curse

Starting with his fight against Jake Constant on August 8th, 2014, and reaching through his entire 9-fight UFC career thus far, the results of Rosa’s fights and flipped-flopped. In other words, no wins are back to back and no losses are back to back. His previous ten fights are listed below.

  • W – Jake Constant (R1 Armbar)
  • L – Dennis Silver (Unanimous decision)
  • W – Sean Soriano (R3 D’arce choke)
  • L – Yair Rodríguez (Split decision)
  • W- Kyle Bochniak (Unanimous decision)
  • L – Shane Burgos (R3 TKO punches)
  • W – Manny Bermudez (R1 Armbar)
  • L – Bryce Mitchell (Unanimous decision)
  • W – Kevin Aguilar (Split decision)
  • L – Darrick Minner (Unanimous decision)

Charles Rosa is not alone in this curse, however. Roxanne Modafferi also holds a flip-flop pattern in her last ten fights and Ryan Benoit held a ten-fight flip-flop until his second loss in a row against Tim Elliott. Some others include Alex Hernandez and Nikita Krylov who are both currently on a six-fight flip-flop and Ivan Shtyrkov on a five-fight flip-flop.

Whether coincidence or not, three of Rosa’s last five wins were at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, a fitting turn of events for “Boston Strong.” In fact, Rosa holds the record for most wins in Boston over Conor McGregor, Rob Font, Travis Browne, and Chris Wade. Perhaps once the UFC is able to return to the TD Garden, Rosa can return to his birth state once more and show everyone why he deserved to be in the UFC and why many called Boston the “City of Champions.”

Will the Curse Continue?

Charles Rosa is scheduled to fight again against former Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting Lightweight champion Justin Jaynes on June 26, 2021. If the curse holds up, should come out on top but we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Either the pattern will continue to eleven fights, or Rosa will meet the same fate as Ryan Benoit with a double loss after a ten-fight flip-flop. Whatever the case is, Charles Rosa will go out there and make Boston proud!

By Andrew Mac

I'm a 20-year-old Kempo Karate practitioner from Massachusetts who also trains in Judo, BJJ, wrestling, Goju-ryu, and Japanese Jujutsu. Alongside being a journalist, I am a senior instructor at Cervizzi's Martial Arts Academy and a student at Merrimack College studying Criminology/Criminal Justice.