Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Hilarie Rose

Las Vegas – The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 3, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.

The third episode of season four takes place on Tuesday, August 18 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US. ESPN+ is available through the ESPN.com, ESPNPlus.com or the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more. Fans can sign up for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, with no contract required.

NAME: Hilarie Rose
NICKNAME: None
WEIGHT CLASS: Strawweight
AGE: 27 years old – 11/11/92
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-3, 115
REACH: –
LEG REACH: –
STANCE: Orthodox
BIRTHPLACE: Newton, MA
FIGHTING OUT OF: Bellingham, MA
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English
STYLE: MMA
TRAINER: Tom Hafers, Matt Martin, USMMA
STRENGTHS: Submissions
TRAINING: Based on the day it changes. But every day there is a few hours of pad work and
situational drilling/grappling.
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 4-1

Q&A

Thoughts on opponent, Cheyanne Buys? I think she is a very tough, forward moving fighter with some slick throws and a strong double underhook game. She likes to push the pressure.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training when I was 14 / 15, I believe it was 2008. I was tired of HS sports and wasn’t active for a little while and wanted to box. I found USMMA and started Muay Thai and instantly fell in love with the sport. I started Jiu-Jitsu later at 19 and became obsessed and spent a lot of time grappling and then mixing the two together, which had led me to where I am now.

What ranks and titles have you held? I’m currently a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu and won the NEF Ammy Strawweight title back in 2017 before I made the transition to the pros.

Do you have any heroes? Rose Namajunas. I watched her before she was in the UFC and always appreciated her ability to move so flawlessly. Her ability to move in and out of range with strikes is so beautiful to watch and I have tried to simulate that into my own fight game.

What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It would mean the world to me. Any pro who takes this game seriously has the goal to reach that high level and the UFC is that for fighting. It would mean the hours of training and grinding would have paid off and that my skill set showed in my performances.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I did some community college after HS, but college wasn’t for me. I would spend my days in class watching fight pass and not paying attention. My degree was for criminal justice, but I never finished.

What was your job before you started fighting? I’ve worked at USMMA since I was 15. I would work to pay my membership off and as I grew as a martial artist, I began teaching kids classes and then adult classes. I also worked at a coffee shop – The Muffin House. They are amazing people and have sponsored me for many fights.

Favorite grappling technique: Probably an armlock or guillotine

Favorite Striking technique: Switch kick

Twitter account name: Hilarie Rose

Facebook account: Hilarie Rose

Instagram account: @hilarierosemma

OTHER KEY POINTS:

  • Pro since 2018
  • Lost pro debut, 4-0 since
  • One win by KO, two by submission (RNC, guillotine)
  • One first round finish

Q&A Courtesy of the UFC

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