Prospect in the Spotlight (Apr 9-10): Dalton Rosta

Introduction

Friday, April 9th, American middleweight prospect Dalton Rosta will be in action for Bellator, where he will be looking to continue his winning ways against veteran Tony Johnson. He will be looking for another win, as Rosta looks to impress the Vellator brass in an attempt to show he’s ready for title contention. He trains out of American Top Team, a top gym in in MMA. Let’s take a closer look at this prospect as this week’s “Prospect Spotlight.”

Strengths

Wrestling: Rosta has a background in wrestling, as he wrestled collegiately at Youngstown State. That background has transitioned him nicely to the sport of MMA, as the most impressive part of his game is his top game. His takedowns are highly explosive, as he grabs a hold of his opponent and looks to send them for the ride. He has a strong double and single leg, but he’s also very tough when he grabs a waistlock on an opponent. I have seen him get a hold from that position and throw guys around. Once on the mat, he is very heavy from top position. He’s also good when transitioning to different positions on the mat, as seen in his most recent win over Ty Gwerder.

Natural Intangibles: There are a lot of things to like about Rosta both physically and mentally. Physically, he is a highly athletic fighter with good movement and explosiveness. He’s also physically intimidating, as he looks to be carved from stone. He is very strong in both his upper and lower body, as well as his core. Mentally, there are two things that stand out. First off, he’s a very quick learner, as you can see from fight to fight. His striking keeps getting better. Also, he’s an intelligent fighter, knowing when to turn on the jets and when he needs to pull back. He also deciphers when most appropriate to look for the takedown, which he gets with seeming ease.

Needs Improvement

Cardio: The one knock thus far on Rosta has been his ability to fight a full three rounds. There was more evidence in his most recent win over the aforementioned Gwerder, but he tends to come out of the gates strong and fade in the second/third rounds. As he steps in in competition, that will be a more major issue for Rosta. His first three pro opponents had a combined record of 3-2, with Gwerder being his best opponent by far at 5-1. Once he takes on a more experienced, seasoned opponent, that gas tank will be ever more vital, so it’s something to address right now.

Outlook

Future Contender: Rosta is only 25 years old and he’s already shown great improvements in his game. He clearly has a bright future in MMA, and Bellator was wise to get this guy early. He’s a great athlete and he’s now training with a top camp in American Top Team, so he’s going to be getting high-level training with high-level training partners. Imagine Rosta in a year or two. He’s a guy that could be moving his way into contention in a Bellator middleweight division that has some solid talent. This guy is a blue chipper.

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