Mark, Montana De La Rosa talk historic first as spouses sharing UFC card
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – History will be made at UFC on ESPN+ 25 on Saturday when, for the first time in the UFC’s existence, a husband and wife will compete on the same card.
Montana De La Rosa (10-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Mark De La Rosa (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) are both set to compete in individual bouts at the upcoming event. It’s not uncommon for teammates to share cards, or even siblings, but this is a unique situation that is unprecedented under the UFC banner.
Although both admitted to some training camp challenges given the chaotic schedule which also includes caring for their daughter, now that it’s fight week, any stresses are gone.
“I think we’ve handled it good so far,” Montana told MMA Junkie at UFC on ESPN+ 25 media day on Thursday. “I guess we’ll see how Saturday goes, but I feel like it’s not too bad.”
UFC on ESPN+ 25 takes place at Santa Ana Star Arena in Rio Rancho, N.M. The entire card streams on ESPN+.
For Mark, the excitement of sharing a card with his wife is real. Both of them have been in the UFC for a couple years now, and oftentimes their schedules just miss syncing up. They are aligned perfectly this time, though, and Mark relishes it.
“Montana got booked first, then I was just sitting on the sidelines,” Mark said. “It kind of sucks whenever she fights first, because she fights and then after that she’s celebrating and I’m always like, ‘I can’t celebrate. I can’t eat because I know I’m going to get booked right after.’
“It’s exciting. As soon as they offered it, I jumped on it right away.”
Montana meets Mara Romero Borella (12-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in a women’s flyweight bout on the UFC on ESPN+ 25 main card, while Mark meets Raulian Paiva (18-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in a 125-pound bout of his own in the first fight of the night.
Both said they are confident in their respective matchups, and see an avenue to submission wins. They are both not only seeking their “win” money from UFC on ESPN+ 25, but they are chasing “Performance of the Night” bonuses, too.
“We’ll probably buy another house,” Mark said, while Montana laughed.
To hear more from the De La Rosas, check out their full media day interview in the video above.