Rose Namajunas was going to enemy territory to take on Jessica Andrade in the main event of UFC 237. There the strawweight champion was fighting for the first time in 13 months against one of the hardest hitters in the division.
However, early on it was all Namajunas. The champion was dominating the fight and landing punch after punch and even had the Brazilian cut after the first round. But, in the second round, Andrade tried to slam Namajunas, who was working on a kimura, as she did in the first round. This time, however, Andrade got the slam and ended up slamming Namajunas on her head which knocked the champion out cold. The Brazilian became the new champion and just the fourth strawweight champion in UFC history.
Following the fight though, Namajunas was fine with losing. She talked openly saying it was a huge pressure off her shoulders and she had thoughts this may have been her last fight anyway. And, following the fight, the former champ spoke to ESPN about her fighting future which she isn’t sure what is next for her.
“Going into this one I was like, ‘this might be the last time I ever do this.’ But we’ll see. We’ll take it one day at a time. Like, this is a lot. But it was super fun. I had a great time.” Rose Namajunas told ESPN following UFC 237. “I kind of always think that. But this time was pretty heavy. It’s a lot on Pat and I’s relationship and everything. But like, there’s so much good that comes out of it. You’ve gotta see the bright side of everything. It’s easy to dwell on the negative. But, you kinda have to not give yourself grey hairs either.”
If this is the end for Namajunas she is one of the greatest female fighters ever, and a fan favorite no doubt.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime