Tatiana Suarez is hoping to face Rose Namajunas if she defeats Montana De La Rosa at the end of February.
Suarez has not fought since UFC 238 in June of 2019 as she dealt with some major injuries. She was booked to fight Roxanne Modafferi at UFC 266 in September of 2021 but couldn’t make the walk to the Octagon. Now, however, she has been booked to face De La Rosa on February 25 in her flyweight debut.
If Suarez comes out of the fight healthy and with a win, she says her goal is to face Rose Namajunas next whether that is at strawweight or flyweight.
“I wouldn’t mind making that my next fight at 125,” Suarez said to The Schmo. “If I’m being honest, I would love that fight at any weight class, because I do believe that I could beat her. I believe that 100 percent. I think that I could beat her. I think that my grappling is just so superior to her grappling, and I think I’d make it a nightmare for her in either weight class. I’d be strong at 125 or 115.”
As of right now, Namajunas hasn’t made the move up to flyweight but there have been rumblings that she will. If she does and if Suarez defeats De La Rosa next month, then that fight makes a lot of sense as a potential title eliminator bout at flyweight.
Tatiana Suarez (8-0), as mentioned, has not fought since UFC 238 when she defeated Nina Nunes by decision. Prior to that, she scored a TKO win over Carla Esparza at UFC 228. Suarez is 5-0 in the UFC and won TUF 23 with a submission win over Amanda Cooper. She followed that up with a decision win over Viviane Pereira and a submission win over Alexa Grasso.
Namajunas, meanwhile, has not fought since she suffered a lackluster decision loss to Esparza at UFC 274 in May to lose her strawweight belt. When and who she will fight in her return, but perhaps she has an interest in facing Suarez at flyweight.
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