HILARIE ROSE: Ready for WMMA Pro Debut at CES 48

By:  Thomas Vickers (MMA – Journalist)


(QUEEN MMA MEDIA) – Hilarie Rose is set to make her WMMA professional debut Friday, February 2, 2018 against Linsey ‘Wonder Woman’ Williams at CES 48.

The anticipation is over.  Hilarie Rose is ready to begin her journey towards a promising career in professional woman’s mixed martial arts.  Not all amateur athletes feel they have reached the level of talent, skill, and dedication needed to make the courageous move to the professional realm.  Hilarie has proven herself to be a viable prospect and the moment has arrived for her to step up and engage the expectations.

Rose fights out of USMMA located in Bellingham, Massachusetts.  “The school is run by Tom Hafer, the head coach there, as well as Matt Martin.  Both are my head coaches,” explained Hilarie.   “Tom has been my coach since I was fourteen. I’ve grown up absorbing all his knowledge.  Matt is the head MMA coach, he runs all the practices, conditioning, and pad sessions.  I wouldn’t consider them just coaches, they’re family,” she continued.

“After eight amateur fights it was definitely time to make the decision to go pro. My coaches wanted me to turn pro before my last fight, but I wanted one more and to fight for a belt,” explained Hilarie Rose.

Hilarie began competing as an amateur MMA athlete in 2014.  Rose has fought under promotional banners such as New England Fights, NYFE, Cage Titans, and CFX.   With three of her amateur wins by way of KO/TKO, she has demonstrated her ability to stop an opponent.  She possesses the skills to deploy well timed single and double leg take downs.  Rose has shown she can hold her own in stand up exchanges and has displayed the ability to remain composed when in trouble.

“To be successful in this sport you must learn striking, grappling, wrestling, etc…” Hilarie explained.  “I think most people see my fights and consider me a striker, but I believe my jujitsu is just as great if not better than my striking,” she continued.

Hilarie Rose will be bringing  a three fight winning streak with her into the cage at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

QUEEN MMA MEDIA – Could you share with our readers your highest point during your amateur career?

HILARIE ROSE – “My two biggest achievements are becoming the NEF Strawweight Champion this past November and earning my purple belt mid last year.”


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Hilarie Rose celebrates moments after defeating Alex Walker by way of first round KO/TKO to win the New England Fights vacant amateur Strawweight Title.

In November Hilarie captured the New England Fights amateur Strawweight title belt with an impressive first round KO/TKO victory over Alex Walker at NEF 31.  Rose dominated Walker in a quick one sided performance.  During her amateur years Rose has squared off against some upper end talent.  Such notable opponents include Jillian DeCoursey.  DeCoursey is an outstanding WMMA athlete with enormous potential who in August of 2017 pro debuted under the Invicta FC promotion with a hard fought victory.

QUEEN MMA MEDIA – I understand a real fighter focuses on one fight at a time, however do you have any long term goals as a pro?

HILARIE ROSE – “I absolutely have long term goals.  I believe any fighter who goes pro has the ultimate goal to reach the top – UFC and that’s my goal. Anyone who knows me knows I’ve dedicated my whole self to this sport and to be the best.”

Linsey “Wonder Woman” Williams

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Linsey ‘Wonder Woman’ Williams produced an outstanding 6 – 0 record as an amateur,  winning three of her six amateur victories by way of submission.  The twenty-eight year old Williams fights out of Minnesota and brings a boxing and jujitsu background with her into the cage.  Linsey has struggled as a professional, her most recent fight being a hard loss against an up and coming 3 – 0 Sabina Mazo Isaza by way of KO/TKO.  Williams was holding her own against Isaza in what looked to be a very competitive match up until stepping into a devastating head kick.  Despite the slow pro start, Linsey is a formidable opponent and a serious challenge for any WMMA athlete entering the professional level.  Williams comes into the fight with a 1 – 2 record as a pro and will be looking to get her career back on track with a win over the local favorite Rose.

QUEEN MMA MEDIA – How do you see your pro debut playing out?

HILARIE ROSE – “Williams is a great wrestler and jujitsu chick.  She looks long and tall.  I noticed she used to fight as an orthodox, but now fights as an southpaw. How I see this fight playing out is Williams definitely trying to get the fight to the ground.  I believe I can out strike her on the feet and confident I can do the same on the bottom.”

“Shout out to my teammates, my coaches Matt and Tom for believing in me and putting in the same dedication I do.  To my USMMA teammates especially Nick, Sarah, and Dave as well as my friends, boyfriend, and family!  Shout out to my sponsors and of course a shout out to CES for the great opportunity!” – HILARIE ROSE

Rose and Williams look to be an even match up.  Be prepared for an action packed bout that could very well end up being CES 48’s best fight of the night.

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