Montana De La Rosa picked up a win at UFC 226, and now her husband looks to do the same this weekend in Boise.
A highly touted prospect, De La Rosa dropped his UFC debut to highly ranked Tim Elliott in a short-notice contest back in December. When speaking to Fightful.com. De La Rosa said that he wanted to fight much sooner, but that he learned valuable lessons from his initial appearance.
"I was begging them to fight. Finally they called and gave me a fight. I took away to stay in shape, keep your weight down. When those big lights hit you, there's nothing like it. I've fought in some okay promotions, but the UFC -- there's nothing like it," De La Rosa told us. "I'm gonna bring the pressure, I'm gonna finish. I've actually had a fight camp."
A couple of years back, De La Rosa was scheduled to face Steven Peterson, who has since also made it to the UFC. When Fightful's James Lynch inquired about Peterson recently taking shots at Mark, De La Rosa didn't flinch.
"He didn't say anything to me, he was actually very nice. The past is the past, if he wants to cry about it, whatever. We all have the same dreams. He can talk all the stuff he wants, but I wish him nothing but the best. He's a 145'er and I'm a 125'er," said De La Rosa.
After seeing his wife emerge victorious, Mark said that it motivated him for his upcoming bout against Elias Garcia.
"It gives me a big boost. We're gonna get on a roll here," Mark said.
Mark De La Rosa (9-1) discusses his upcoming fight against Elias Garcia (6-0) at UFC Fight Night 133 on July 14.