Rose Namajunas
Thug

USA

Targeted for UFC 261
StrawweightUFC
February 26, 2021
Namajunas is being targeted to take on Zhang Weili in a strwawweight title matchup at UFC 261 on April 24, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Namajunas was expected to take on Weili in mid-to-late April, and the two fighters are expected to square off for the strawweight championship at UFC 261. Assuming the two fighters officially sign the contract, Namajunas will compete for the 115-pound title after defeating Jessica Andrade via split decision at UFC 251 in July. Weili retained her strawweight championship when she defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk via split decision at UFC 248 in March of 2020. Namajunas has slight advantages in both height and reach.
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Targeted for April title shot
StrawweightUFC
February 1, 2021
Namajunas is being targeted for a mid-to-late April strawweight title shot against Zhang Weili in Singapore, John Hyon Ko of the South China Morning Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Stay tuned for official confirmation from the UFC, as this event isn't yet on the promotion's official calendar, and these types of cards can always get rescheduled due to pandemic-related complications. Namajunas is certainly deserving of this title shot after she avenged her loss to Jessica Andrade in July, but there was a lot of he-said, she-said going on with Dana White, who questioned whether or not Namajunas actually wanted the title shot. Rose has since refuted those reports, but this is the first step taken in a while towards this fight actually happening. With respect to the matchup, Zhang has a big edge in striking volume, despite Rose already sporting elite marks in that area. Namajunas has the edge in offensive wrestling, but Zhang has never been taken down in the UFC. Namajunas will have height and reach advantages, but still look for her to enter as the betting underdog.
Moved to hospital after win
StrawweightUFC
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.
Gets revenge on Jessica Andrade
StrawweightUFC
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
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
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.