UFC 287 was full of memorable moments.
To say that UFC 287 delivered would be a disservice to the event. After 20 years, the UFC returned to Miami and served a treat for an eager live audience and millions watching from home. But it was not just the quality of the fights that made it a memorable evening, but the moments and the sentiments that came with them that made for a monumental night.
The two headlining bouts were the crowning jewels for the UFC's return to the 305. Hometown hero Jorge Masvidal retired in front of his home crowd, and Israel Adesanya reclaimed his middleweight title after finally defeating his bitter rival. Here are three things we learned from UFC 287.
Raul Rosas Jr. can benefit greatly from his first loss
Raul Rosas Jr. took the MMA world by storm. The 18-year-old came to Dana White's Contender Series with a perfect record thanks to five finishes. Rosas Jr. was obviously skillful, but he also never lacked confidence. His first decision win came in DWCS but he returned to his finishing ways when he submitted Jay Perrin in his UFC debut.
At UFC 287, Rosas Jr. opened the pay-per-view card against Christian Rodriguez. Rosas Jr. lost on all three cards for the first time in his young career. Was the loss bad for his record? Yes. But at the same time, the loss may have been the best thing to happen to him at this point in his career.
For a teenager who is still fresh in the sport, Rosas Jr. trash talks like a veteran. Although his confidence and skill are admirable, being in the spotlight at a young age can make or break a person. This loss is a chance for him to show his character. The sky's the limit for him, but his team must make sure he does not fly too close to the sun.