Cage Titans, a regional promotion based out of Plymouth, Massachusetts, has had a lot of success over the last year, sending fighters to the Dana White’s Contender Series and the UFC.
Cage Titans joins Rhode Island’s Classic Entertainment & Sports MMA (CES) as the top promotions in the region. Undefeated prospect Mitchell Raposo has gone 4-0 in the Cage Titans cage, and the young fighter looks to be added to the long list of New England’s recent success stories.
At only 21 years of age, Raposo has already competed in the cage a total of ten times when one includes his amateur career. Not once has he stepped out of the cage in losing fashion.
“Guys like [UFC standouts] Rob Font (17-4), Calvin Kattar (22-4) – the New England Cartel – first meeting them when I was 18 or meeting [UFC legend] Joe Lauzon (28-15) was just surreal,” Raposo told MMA-Prospects. “My teammate Yorgan de Castro (6-1) making it to the UFC, it was eye-opening for me. I always know and believe I’ll make it and be a champion, but to see someone I train with every single day… It showed me I’m almost there.”
Raposo grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts, and trains at Regiment Training Center, as he has since his childhood. The 21-year-old bantamweight has competed his whole life. Whether on the ice, the court, the gridiron, or the cage, all Raposo knows is competition.
“As a kid, I was always in sports,” Raposo said. “Baseball, hockey, everything, but I was always a very aggressive kid. My first fight was in kindergarten. I have two big brothers; I was always scrapping as a kid.”
Raposo laughed and promised that his kindergarten scrap was indeed a win, keeping his now-perfect record intact. It was against a neighbor, one who would eventually introduce his pre-teen opponent to the sport that would govern his athletic career.
“I was 12 years old and my neighbor, who was older, was doing martial arts,” said Raposo. “I went with him to the gym and I just fell in love. You couldn’t take me out of the gym; I was stuck.”
Raposo has competed at both featherweight and bantamweight over his professional career. Two wins at each weight class – undefeated in both – Raposo actually considers himself a true flyweight, a division below bantam- and two below featherweight.
As an undefeated amateur, Raposo captured flyweight titles in local promotions Cage Titans and AMMO Fight League.
“After high school, I could’ve wrestled in college, but I chose MMA full-time,” Raposo explained. “Having multiple amateur fights helped me get my feet wet, [and] helped me grow and learn more than I ever could with immediately going pro.”
With an ever-growing UFC flyweight division, and with Dana White’s Contender Series returning in the late fall, Raposo believes he is ready for the challenge.
Raposo has a message for the UFC President.
“I’m the guy, I’m the guy for the flyweight division. The division is starting to prosper, [and] I’m the guy he is looking for. I have it all. I have an exciting style, I’ll fight anybody… I’m what he is looking for.”
“I’m going to be one of his world champions.”
The Fall River native believes he doesn’t have one simple ‘best attribute,’ but his well-roundedness is what sets him apart from fellow young prospects.
With two wins via submission, a win via TKO, and a decision under his belt, at only 21, Raposo has shown not much can surprise him under the bright lights.
Training at Regiment under striking coach Brian Raposo, the amateur flyweight dual-champion has shown marked improvements fight after fight.
The prospect credits learning from some of the region’s most experienced fighters for his composure. Contender Series veteran and ex-CES heavyweight champion Greg Rebello, for example, is one such fighter from which Raposo has gleaned knowledge.
“I feel like he is one of the best heavyweights in the world,” Raposo said. “He’s had two opportunities on Contender Series that didn’t go his way, but if you are around the guy and pick his brain, he has such a bright mind for the sport. He’s a UFC-level heavyweight, [and] he is an even better coach than he is a fighter. Such a bright mind.”
While most 21-year-olds (at least, before the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic) are partying in their college dorms asking for extra rent money from their parents, Raposo is committed to MMA on a full-time basis.
“I’m pretty blessed to be in this position. I train full-time. My parents support me and help me with this dream. My family sees me going into the UFC [and] becoming one of the best, so they support me completely,” Raposo continued.
“I’m fortunate. I live the dream. I work out three to four times a day; this is my job.”
This full-time job could very well pay off for the young Mitch Raposo, as his management team Top Game Management, headed by Tyson Chartier, has helped many fellow New England prospects get to the highest level of the sport, including last week’s edition of the New England’s Next series, William Knight (8-1).
Raposo is someone to keep an eye on. He may very well appear as a late-notice UFC call-up or a Contender Series hopeful a lot sooner than some may think.