Rose Namajunas
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USA

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Injury Face
Est. Return 9/15/2020
Moved to hospital after win
StrawweightUFC
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July 11, 2020
Namajunas has been transported to a hospital following her win over Jessica Andrade at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Namajunas got revenge on Andrade via split decision in a thrilling match, but she did have to power through a number of significant strikes en route to emerging victorious. The extent of the damage Namajunas took in the octagon makes it unsurprising that she was transported to a hospital post-fight, though it remains to be seen whether she was moved for precautionary purposes or due to a specific injury. The 28-year-old has already specified that she intends to fight again this year, according to Clevis Murray of The Athletic, but that would only be possible if she's able to avoid any injuries with a significant timetable.
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Gets revenge on Jessica Andrade
StrawweightUFC
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July 11, 2020
Namajunas defeated Jessica Andrade via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 251 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Both women looked excellent in a bout that left everyone watching wishing there were two more scheduled rounds. When it was all said and done, both combatants took home $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses. Entering as the taller and longer fighter, Namajunas leaned on her jab to build up what ended up being an insurmountable lead over the course of the first two rounds. She never had Andrade in any significant trouble, but all the strikes she landed added up. It get a bit hairy for Rose in Round 3. Andrade landed a few massive strikes, but Namajunas' chin held up. Rose's striking has come an awful long way over the past few years. She entered the company as a submission specialist with an excellent gas tank, and she has developed into a legitimate all-around mixed martial artist. The UFC would be well within their rights to book a third fight between these two since the series is tied at one apiece, but most people seem to think Namjunas is next in line for a shot at Weili Zhang's UFC Women's Strawweight Championship.
Rematch with Andrade on again
StrawweightUFC
GTD
May 28, 2020
Namajunas will be taking on Jessica Andrade in a strawweight matchup at the upcoming UFC event on July 11, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight was originally scheduled in April, but it was wiped do to the COVID-19 pandemic. Namajunas will be seeking revenge after falling to Andrade back in May of 2019, which was also her last fight as UFC Women's Strawweight Champion. Andrade has since lost her belt to Weili Zhang, so while there won't be any titles on the line here, the winner could be next in line for a rematch. No location for the bout has been given at this time. though it's possible this could be one of the first events held at the UFC's "Fight Island." Even though Namajunas closed as a slight betting underdog for the initial matchup, early odds peg her as a betting favorite of approximately (-180) in the rematch.
Looks to be off UFC 249
StrawweightUFC
GTD
April 8, 2020
Namajunas has withdrawn from her strawweight matchup against Jessica Andrade at UFC 249 on April 18, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
Namajunas had been looking to avenge her only UFC loss since 2016, and had been listed as a sizable betting favorite of (-210) as of Wednesday afternoon. The reasons for the withdrawal have yet to be disclosed, but the UFC looks like it will move forward and attempt to find a replacement opponent for Andrade.
Matchup with Andrade official
StrawweightUFC
GTD
April 6, 2020
Namajunas will officially take on Jessica Andrade in a strawweight matchup at UFC 249 on April 18.
ANALYSIS
This was one matchup that was scheduled all along, but concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic put this fight -- along with others on the card -- in jeopardy. Namajunas hasn't made the walk to the Octagon since May of 2019, when she was defeated by Andrade via a second-round KO (slam). Some might say that finish was a little bit fluky, however, as Namajunas was winning the significant striking battle 55 to 47 at the time the fight was stopped. Andrade remains the statistically superior wrestler, and even took down Namajunas twice in the first matchup, but oddsmakers are giving Namajunas a roughly a (-220) edge as of Monday evening.
Gets rematch in return to Octagon
StrawweightUFC
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January 9, 2020
Namajunas will take on Jessica Andrade in a strawweight matchup at UFC 249 on April 18, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The fight has yet to be confirmed by the promotion, but a verbal agreement is reportedly in place to set up a rematch between the two fighters. Namajunas' most recent fight was against Andrade, when she lost via KO (slam) in the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship at UFC 237 in May. Namajunas dominated for much of the fight before she was slammed on her head, which caused a neck injury that resulted in a 180-day medical suspension. Andrade most recently lost to Weili Zhang via TKO (strikes) at UFC Shenzhen in August as she lasted less than a minute due to her poor striking defense. If Namajunas can successfully outmatch Andrade, she could make a case to compete for the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship against Zhang. Namajunas carries advantages in height and reach heading into the fight.