Rose Namajunas
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Immediate rematch with Weili
StrawweightUFC
August 28, 2021
Namajunas will defend her UFC Women's Strawweight title versus Zhang Weili at UFC 268, per MMAFighting.com.
ANALYSIS
Namajunas reclaimed the strawweight title with a KO (strikes) win over Weili back in April, but the two will go for an immediate rematch. Namajunas became the first woman to reclaim a strawweight championship in that bout, but now she'll once again have to defend it.
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Regains UFC gold
StrawweightUFC
April 24, 2021
Namajunas again became the UFC Women's Strawweight Champion on Saturday after defeating Zhang Weili via KO (strikes) at 1:18 of Round 1 at UFC 261 in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Namajunas becomes the first woman in UFC history to recapture a championship. Others such as Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk all failed in their attempts. Not only did Rose win, but this was by far her most impressive victory to date. Namajunas came up as a pure submission specialist. Through hard work and under the tutelage of her fiance (former UFC fighter and pro kickboxer) Pat Barry, Rose has become an above-average striker. The kick that led to the finish on Saturday nearly took Zhang's head off. It was perfectly placed and not telegraphed in the least. Looking back on it, it seems ridiculous that Rose entered as a +185 underdog. She's a complete fighter with a unique, calming personality. Inside the cage, Namajunas clearly possesses the all-around skill set to hold on to this title for an extended period of time. This was an extraordinary effort that will also earn her a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
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.
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.