Rose Namajunas
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USA

Hopes to return early next year
StrawweightUFC
November 11, 2019
Namajunas said Monday that she hopes to return early next year, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Namajunas received a 180-day medical suspension in May due to a neck injury but appears to be close to a return. She said that she has an offer for a bout from the UFC that she is currently considering. Namajunas most recently lost to Jessica Andrade via KO (slam) in their strawweight championship fight in May, which brought her record as a professional fighter to 8-4. The 27-year-old expressed interest in fighting Weili Zhang, but has no preference as to whether she faces her in her next fight.
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Handed medical suspension
StrawweightUFC
May 12, 2019
Namajunas was given an 180-day medical suspension by the Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA) due to a neck injury, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's a situation of adding insult to injury -- or in this case, injury to insult -- for Namajunas, as she was defeated by Jessica Andrade via KO (slam) in their strawweight championship bout at UFC 237 on Saturday. The slam resulted in what looks to be a serious neck injury for Namajunas, who can return in as soon as 60 days with clearance from a doctor. After the loss, Namajunas came to and even gave a post-fight interview, where she put into question her fighting future, though it's generally unwise to trust the words of someone who was just slammed on their head in that fashion. Rose has a case for a rematch later in 2019, if that ends up being what she wants.
Drops title to Jessica Andrade
StrawweightUFC
May 11, 2019
Namajunas lost her UFC Women's Strawweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Jessica Andrade via KO (slam) at 2:58 of Round 2 at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
What a heartbreaking finish for Rose. She dominated for the entire fight -- with the slight exception of some damage to her lead leg -- before one gigantic slam from Andrade knocked her out cold. Namajunas never looked better in Round 1. She smashed Andrade on the feet and mixed in an easy takedown for good measure. She was in complete control, but as we have seen in this sport countless times, the tide can turn in an instant. Rose held on to Andrade during the slam attempt and as Daniel Cormier correctly pointed out on the broadcast, that decision left her unable to create separation and she landed on her head as a result. Rose gets better every single time we see her, and she doesn't turn 27 years old until late June. Namajunas deserves an immediate rematch, but her post-fight comment that the loss is "a huge pressure of my shoulders" is highly concerning. All champions deal with the pressure of defending their belt differently, and Rose appears to be relieved in some way in having given up the title. On the bright side, she'll leave with an extra $50,000 in the form of a Fight of the Night bonus.
Will defend title at UFC 237
StrawweightUFC
January 7, 2019
Namajunas will defend her strawweight title against Jessica Andrade on May 11 at UFC 237 in Brazil, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Namajunas is slated to defend her strawweight title for the second time, coming off two straight wins against former champion Joanna Jedrzecjczyk. This defense will come in a hostile environment, as challenger Jessica Andrade will be fighting in her home country of Brazil. Namajunas is coming into this bout on a three-fight win streak, but hasn't fought since April, meaning she will have over a year off before entering the cage in May. Andrade is also coming into the fight on a three-fight winning streak, with her latest win coming via knockout at UFC 228 in September.
Proves it was not a fluke at UFC 223
StrawweightUFC
April 7, 2018
Namajunas defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) at UFC 223 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Numajunas was able to make lightning strike twice, and if anything, this second victory was more decisive. She came out looking to implement her striking game, and she was very effective in the first round. She continuously scored with her left hook and used her footwork to avoid counters. In the third and fourth rounds, Jedrzejczyk was able to get into the fight with her leg kicks. She did a lot of damage to Namajunas' legs. This slowed down the champion and allowed Jedrzejczyk to land some solid punches. However, Namajunas pulled it out in the final round. She went back to her left hook and landed power strikes. Namajunas then defended her title with a culminating takedown. This was an impressive title defense, and she might reign for a long time.
Set to rematch Joanna Jedrzejczyk
StrawweightUFC
January 19, 2018
Namajunas will rematch Joanna Jedrzejczyk to defend her strawweight title on April 7 at UFC 233 in Brooklyn, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Namajunas -- who has won five of her past six Octagon bouts -- upset Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217, knocking her out in the first round and dealing the now-former champion the first loss of her career. It was also the first knockout of Rose's professional career, as she typically relies heavily on her submission game. Sportsbooks have her as a slight underdog as of Tuesday afternoon, but a second win over arguably the greatest strawweight of all time would silence all doubters.