Table of Contents
- 1. Rose Namajunas’ Details
- 2. Rose Namajunas’s Biography
- 2.1. Rose Namajunas’s Early Life
- 2.2. Named After Namajunas’s Grandmother
- 2.3. Wrestling Background
- 2.4. Namajunas and Other Martial Arts
- 2.5. Grew Up in a Rough Neighborhood
- 2.6. Became a Beacon of Light By Telling Her Own Story
- 2.7. Thug Rose: Mixed Martial Artist - Documentary
- 2.8. Cross-Country Runner
- 2.9. Religious and Political Beliefs
- 2.10. Snag with Zhang Weili
- 2.11. Personal Life
- 3. Rose Namajunas’s BJJ Journey
- 3.1. Started BJJ at a Young Age
- 3.2. Bout Against Danielle Kelly
- 3.3. Fury Pro Grappling 6
- 3.4. ADCC Denver Open Trials
- 4. Rose Namajunas’s MMA Career
- 4.1. MMA Debut
- 4.2. King of the Cage Career
- 4.3. Invicta FC Career
- 4.4. The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned
- 5. Rose Namajunas’s UFC Career
- 5.1. Epic Win Against Angela Hill
- 5.2. UFC Fight Night Title Fight
- 5.3. UFC on Fox
- 5.4. UFC 201
- 5.5. UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion
- 5.6. First Title Defense Fight
- 5.7. Losing the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship Belt
- 5.8. Becoming UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Again and Controversy with Zhang Weili
- 5.9. Second Title Defense Fight
- 5.10. Losing the UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Title Again
- 6. Rose Namajunas’s Upcoming Fight
- 6.1. Joanne Calderwood’s Views
- 6.2. Date of the Fight
- 6.3. Manon Fiorot’s Views on the Upcoming Fight
- 7. Mention Mackenzie Calls Out Rose Namajunas
- 8. Rose Namajunas’s Fighting Style
- 9. Rose Namajunas’s Historic Fights
- 9.1. Rose Namajunas Vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
- 9.2. Rose Namajunas Vs. Jessica Andrade
- 9.3. Rose Namajunas Vs. Zhang Weili
- 9.4. Rose Namajunas Vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
- 10. Rose Namajunas’s BJJ Accomplishments
- 11. Rose Namajunas’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown
- 12. Rose Namajunas’s BJJ Fight History
- 13. Rose Namajunas’s BJJ Top Fight Links
- 14. Rose Namajunas’s MMA Championships
- 14.1. Invicta FC
- 14.2. Crypto.com
- 14.3. Fighter of the Year
- 14.4. Upset of the Year
- 14.5. Submission of the Year
- 14.6. Knockout of the Year
- 14.7. Fight of the Year
- 14.8. Fight of the Month
- 14.9. Year’s Most Violent
- 14.10. Magazine Mentions
- 14.11. Ultimate Fighting Championship
- 15. Rose Namajunas’s MMA Career Statistics
- 16. Rose Namajunas’s MMA Professional Record Breakdown
- 17. Rose Namajunas’s MMA Fight History
- 18. Rose Namajunas’s Worldwide MMA Rankings
- 19. Rose Namajunas’s Pay Per View Bouts
- 20. Rose Namajunas’s Top Fight Links
1. Rose Namajunas’ Details
|Name||Rose Gertrude Namajunas|
|Born||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Date of Birth||June 29, 1992|
|College||Milwaukee High School of the Arts|
|Last Fight||UFC 274 on May 7, 2022|
|Last Weigh In||Strawweight|
|Weight||52 kg / 115 lbs|
|Disclosed Career Earning||Approximately $1.5 Million|
|Fighting out of||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Foundational Style||Mixed Martial Arts|
|Rank||Black Belt in Taekwondo, Black Belt in Karate & Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu|
|BJJ Black Belt Awarded by||Tony Basile|
|Trainer||Trevor Wittman, Pat Barry & Greg Nelson|
|Lineage||Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Hélio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr. > Tony Basile > Rose Namajunas|
|Team Association||303 Training Center (2016 - 2020)
Grudge Training Center (2012 - 2016)
Minnesota Martial Arts Academy Roufusport (2011 - 2012)
2. Rose Namajunas’s Biography
Rose Namajunas is an American MMA fighter who fights in the strawweight division at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. In November 2022, Namajunas was ranked second in the UFC women's strawweight rankings. Then, in June 2023, Namajunas was ranked fourth in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings. Having Lithuanian heritage, Namajunas demonstrates her cultural roots through her mental fortitude.
2.1. Rose Namajunas’s Early Life
Namajunas was born on June 29, 1992, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the United States. Her parents came from Lithuania. Though Namajunas lives in the United States, she often visits Lithuania to connect with her roots.
2.2. Named After Namajunas’s Grandmother
Namajunas was named after her great-grandmother, Rožė Gotšalkienė Namajūnienė. Namajunas’s great-grandfather was an independent military officer.
2.3. Wrestling Background
Namajunas’s grandfather, Algimantas Andriukonis, was an accomplished wrestler who won multiple national championships. Andriukonis was Namajunas’s hero as she practically watched her grandfather practice and train helped inspire her love for martial arts.
2.4. Namajunas and Other Martial Arts
Namajunas started taekwondo when she was only five years old and received a junior black belt, or a poom belt, when she turned nine. Wrestling was the first martial art Namajunas became acquainted with which led her to become a wrestler during her time at Milwaukee High School. Later on, Namajunas became interested in karate, followed shortly by a desire to learn BJJ. Being a very active and athletic child, she gave MMA a try by attending Roufusport Jiu Jitsu and training under Duke Roufus.
2.5. Grew Up in a Rough Neighborhood
Rose grew up in a dysfunctional family. Her father had schizophrenia, which caused him to leave his family while Namajunas was still a child. Namajunas’s mother worked to support her and her brother Nojus. She worked alone for the betterment of Namajunas and her brother. Rose’s mother was a pianist who trained at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Namajunas was only 16 when her father died in Germany due to pneumonia. She also was often bullied at her school and around her neighborhood. Namajunas was often alone because her mother was often busy working and her older brother, Nojus, was rarely ever at home. Namajunas was still a young child when she got her nickname, “Thug Rose.” She got this nickname for being the only white girl in her neighborhood who was not afraid to fight wherever she wanted. She was not a weak girl like other girls of her age.
“Yeah, I had my angry moments. I wasn’t always the nicest person, either. I definitely have always been one for being to myself and trying not to let my negativity affect other people. I was kind of a loner growing up. A lot of times my best friend was my dog.”
2.6. Became a Beacon of Light By Telling Her Own Story
Namajunas faced child sexual abuse. She never liked to talk about it and didn’t give any details whenever asked. In 2022, Namajunas decided to talk about her child abuse story when a film producer Marius Markevicius approached her. Markevicius tried to contact Namajunas five years ago but Namajunas never felt that she should be able to talk about her demons. Finally in 2022, she allowed Markevicius to make a documentary on her life that covered aspects of her personal as well as professional MMA journey.
She said, “I’m just very grateful that Marius was so patient with me and persistent and persevered through the whole thing” when Namajunas didn’t like to talk about her abuse story. Markevicius is famous for his documentary on the Lithuanian Olympic basketball team. Markevicius wanted to go deeper and cover even those aspects of Namajunas life that are hidden from the public, the aspects that made Namajunas what she is today.
The reason why Namajunas accepted Markevicius’ offer was because she was inspired by his documentary film, “The Other Dream Team”.
2.7. Thug Rose: Mixed Martial Artist - Documentary
The only reason Namajunas agreed on the documentary was that she wanted to help people like her, “If I can help some little kid or whatever that might be dealing with something like that, or even adults that dealt with that in their past, that makes it all the more worth it. You can move on from things and you can make a tragedy into something beautiful and do something positive with any of our suffering”. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Namajunas is a hope for people who suffer and a guiding light for those who fight their demons and emerge victorious.
“I hope that people will take away the fact that what you say is very important. Words are powerful and you can do anything you set your mind to as long as it's within God’s will for you and you’re living right, you’re going to ultimately come out on top. Even if you have to go through some down parts, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. There’s always something that can be made from almost anything.”
The documentary named, “Thug Rose: Mixed Martial Artist”, was released on November 9, 2022 on UFC Fight Pass.
2.8. Cross-Country Runner
Despite being an excellent MMA fighter, Namajunas focused on her studies and graduated from Milwaukee High School of Arts. Her time as a cross-country runner at this institute contributed to the development of Namajunas’s explosive fighting style.
2.9. Religious and Political Beliefs
Namajunas is a Christian and has a political stance against communism. The main reason for her anti-communist view is because of the unjust arrest of her great-grandfather, Juozas. Juozas was forced to be part of the Red Army. When Juozas left the Red Army, he was arrested by the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs, sent to a prison camp, and later killed by KGM agents in 1968. Namajunas parents were Lithuanian immigrants that were forced to evacuate from Lithuania to save themselves and their children from the oppression of the Red Army.
2.10. Snag with Zhang Weili
Photo Credits: @sportsmanor
Namajunas had no personal beef with UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion, Zhang Weili. Before her fight with UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Zhang Weili, Namajunas said that this match was “a fight between communism and freedom”. Namajunas believed that Weili was a communist, claiming that “Weili is red” and “represents communism” because of which Namajunas said, “Better dead than red”. When asked about Namajunas's reason to enter the MMA world, Namajunas replied the documentary, The Other Dream Team best expressed her thoughts.
"Good idea as to what my family had to go through, the reason I'm in the United States today, the reason that I do mixed martial arts, all of that stuff."
In an interview, Namajunas admitted that she didn’t mean any hate towards Weili. Weili responded by saying that athletes must focus on themselves. The stir caused by Namajunas’s words faded almost as quickly as it started.
2.11. Personal Life
Namajunas is engaged to the former Glory and UFC heavyweight fighter Pat Barry. Barry is an MMA instructor who helps his fiance with training. Namajunas first met Barry at Duke Roufus’s gym, where Namajunas currently trains. The two became engaged in 2014.
Nojus Namajunas, Rose’s brother, also trains in MMA. He made his MMA debut in March 2021.
Aside from MMA, Namajunas also plays piano as she has been practicing since she was five years old. She often shaves her hair to make it easier for her to focus on improving her fighting strategies.
3. Rose Namajunas’s BJJ Journey
3.1. Started BJJ at a Young Age
Namajunas was under 10 years old when she started BJJ training. Though she was more into taekwondo at the time, she still made time to improve her grappling skills.
3.2. Bout Against Danielle Kelly
Namajunas was scheduled to compete against ONE Championship elite woman fighter Danielle Kelly in December 2021 at Fury Pro Grappling 3 tournament. Unfortunately, Namajunas tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw from the fight. Carla Esparza then took Namajunas’s place.
3.3. Fury Pro Grappling 6
Video Credits: @UFC FIGHT PASS
At the Fury Pro Grappling 6, Namajunas lost to Gillian Robertson, a Canadian MMA fighter, via a rear naked choke in the first round. Namajunas tried hard to get out of the choke but Robertson had set the submission so perfectly that Namajunas had no way to escape it.
3.4. ADCC Denver Open Trials
Photo Credits: @adcc_official
In the 2023 ADCC Denver Open Trials, Namajunas competed in the women's absolute and under 60 kg weight divisions. She won third place and received a bronze medal.
4. Rose Namajunas’s MMA Career
4.1. MMA Debut
Namajunas made her MMA and flyweight division (125 lbs) debut at the North American Fight Championship - Relentless on August 7, 2010. Though a teenager at the time, Namajunas managed to defeat her opponent, Melissa Pacheco, in the first round within just two minutes and 51 seconds via TKO punches.
4.2. King of the Cage Career
Near the end of 2011, Namajunas began her King of the Cage career. Her first fight was at the King of the Cage - Winter Warriors against Heather Bassett in the flyweight division on December 10, 2011. Namajunas won the fight via unanimous decision. 30-28, 30-27 and 29-28. It was Namajunas’ flyweight bout.
At the King of the Cage - March Mania on March 17, 2012, Namajunas defeated Moriel Charneski via unanimous decision. At the King of the Cage - Trump Card, Namajunas defeated Jen Aniano via TKO head kicks and punches on June 30, 2012. It was a strawweight bout. After three consecutive wins at the King of the Cage, Namajunas got the opportunity to sign a three-fight contract with Invicta FC.
4.3. Invicta FC Career
Invicta FC is a women’s mixed martial arts tournament. The owners of the fighting tournament, Janet Martin and Shannon Knapp, felt a dire need to promote MMA that solely focused on female fighters. According to Namajunas, she and the other fighters were treated very well by Invicta FC, stating that “they treat us all like queens”. At Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt, Namajunas submitted Emily Kagan via a rear naked choke and won “Submission of the Night” at her strawweight division debut. Namajunas was excited that she won via submission despite being exhausted in the third round as athletes eventually get tired. But it was Namajunas’ love for grappling and MMA that she got the submission in record time.
“So it’s extremely satisfying because I wanted to get the finish. One of the gratifying moments of that fight was that it was a finish, and it was my first submission win, so that was cool.”
On April 5, 2013, at Invicta FC: Penne vs. Waterson, Namajunas submitted Kathina Catron via a flying armbar within the first 12 seconds of the first round and earned “Submission of the Night” for her spectacular victory. On July 13, 2013, at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg, Namajunas lost the fight to Tecia Torres via unanimous decision. The bout lasted for three rounds but Torres earned more points due to her impressive performance.
4.4. The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned
After three fights, Namajunas’s contract with Invicta FC ended and she moved on to the Ultimate Fighter Championship aka TUF. Namajunas won three consecutive exhibition fights via submission at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned.
During the first fight, Namajunas submitted Alex Chambers via a rear naked choke.The second was conducted on August 6, 2014, the second fight ended with Namajunas submitting Joanne Calderwood via kimura in the second round. On August 14, 2014, at her third fight of the tournament, Namajunas submitted Randa Markos via kimura in the first round.
On December 12, 2014, a bout was organized by The Ultimate Fighter, The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale, for the inaugural UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship. Unfortunately, Namajunas lost the bout to Carla Esparza via a rear naked choke. This fight was Namajunas’s one and only submission loss.
5. Rose Namajunas’s UFC Career
5.1. Epic Win Against Angela Hill
At UFC 192, Namajunas was scheduled to compete against Angela Hill in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Hill is currently ranked 15th in the UFC women’s strawweight rankings. Being a tough competitor, Hill was all the way ready to finish the fight via submission. However, Namajunas submitted Hill via a rear naked choke in the first round.
5.2. UFC Fight Night Title Fight
After Namajunas’s victory at UFC 192 conducted in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, she was awarded a title fight with Paige VanZant at UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant. Namajunas submitted VanZant via a rear naked choke in the fifth round and won the “Performance of the Night” award.
5.3. UFC on Fox
After Namajunas’s first loss to the American MMA fighter, Tecia Torres, she dreamed for the chance at a rematch. On April 16, 2016 in Tampa, Florida, at UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans, Namajunas defeated Torres via unanimous decision.
On April 15, 2017, at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis, Namajunas submitted Michelle Waterson via her favorite submission rear naked choke in the second round.
5.4. UFC 201
At UFC 201, Karolina Kowalkiewicz beat Namajunas via split decision. However, Namajunas won “Fight of the Night”for her striking performance.
5.5. UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion
Joanna Jędrzejczyk is a Polish MMA fighter, muay thai kick boxer, and former UFC Women's Strawweight Champion. At UFC 217, Namajunas defeated Jędrzejczyk via TKO punches and became the UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion for the first time. Namajunas also won “Performance of the Night” honors on her epic win.
5.6. First Title Defense Fight
At UFC 217, Namajunas won the UFC strawweight champion title from Jędrzejczyk. At UFC 223, Jędrzejczyk fought against Namajunas to try and get her belt back. ,But little did she know that Namajunas was going to keep the belt for a longer time. Namajunas defeated Jędrzejczyk via unanimous decision and defended her championship belt.
She competed against Namajunas two times in the UFC and lost both times. At UFC 217, Namajunas won the fight via TKO punches and at UFC 223, Namajunas won via unanimous decision.
5.7. Losing the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship Belt
At UFC 237, Namajunas lost her championship belt to Jessica Andrade in the second round via a KO slam. Namajunas still won “Fight of the Night” for her execution of techniques.
5.8. Becoming UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Again and Controversy with Zhang Weili
On April 24, 2021, Namajunas returned to the Octagon to win her title belt back. Despite her recent controversy with Weili on some political platform, Namajunas fought respectfully with her opponent at all times at UFC 261. She defeated Weili via a KO head kick in the first round and once again became the UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion.
5.9. Second Title Defense Fight
Namajunas appeared at UFC 268 to defend her title from Weili. She defeated Weili via a split decision and kept her title belt. Though the fight was a tough one and it was hard to determine the winner, Namajunas's striking and grappling skills won out in the end and made her stance strong that resulted in her favor.
5.10. Losing the UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Title Again
Video Credits: @ufcespanol
To defend her championship title, Namajunas competed against Carla Esparza at UFC 274 on May 7, 2022. Namajunas was very charged for her fight as it was her defense title fight. She tried to land punches and jabs on Esparza, but Esparza, who is not a slow competitor, managed to dodge them. Esparza took Namajunas down onto the ground and landed multiple punches to her face. Namajunas used the ring as a support to get out of the hold. As Esparza initiated another takedown, Namajunas quickly stood up and knee-butted Esparza. The fight went on for three rounds until it ended with Esparza as the new UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. Namajunas lost the bout and her championship belt via a split decision.
6. Rose Namajunas’s Upcoming Fight
Photo Credits: @itn.wwe
Namajunas is scheduled to compete against French MMA fighter, Manon Fiorot, who competes in the UFC flyweight division. Fiorot is ranked number two in the UFC women’s flyweight rankings and number 11 in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings. This fight will be in the flyweight bout, a weight division that Namajunas has never competed in at the UFC.
6.1. Joanne Calderwood’s Views
Upon hearing news of this fight, Namajunas ex-contender Joanne Calderwood, whom Namajunas defeated via kimura was shocked. Calderwood said,
“I was shocked at that [news]. I don’t know why she’s coming up, but she’s made that decision and I’m sure she’ll go with it and walk with it.”
Calderwood believes Namajunas will struggle in the flyweight division based on personal experience fighting tough opponents like Valerie Leourneau. Calderwood also went for the flyweight debut and faced some difficulties with the new weight class but managed to win against Letourneau. Calderwood also believes that Namajunas will have difficulty because Fiorot will likely be aware of Namajunas’s moves.
6.2. Date of the Fight
After Namajunas' defeat at the hands of Esparza, Namajunas decided to level-up the game. The fight was even called “the worst title fight in the history of UFC”. The fight between Namajunas and Fiorot will take place on September 2, 2023 at UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Spivac.
6.3. Manon Fiorot’s Views on the Upcoming Fight
Fiorot is an accomplished UFC fighter who knows her way around other champions. According to Fiorot, Namajunas isn’t ready to compete with her.
“I’m taller and stronger, and I’m pretty sure in a few months you can’t prepare well for a move up to flyweight. I don’t know. I think she took her time and prepared well, but I think I have a big advantage in power and size. I’m better in all the MMA disciplines: wrestling, standup and grappling, too. I think I have a big advantage physically, too.”
Little does Fiorot know that Thug Rose doesn’t back off from her fights and comes all the way prepared to finish her opponents.
7. Mention Mackenzie Calls Out Rose Namajunas
Mackenzie Dern is a 3rd-degree BJJ black belt who is making waves in both MMA and BJJ. She is currently ranked number seven in UFC women’s strawweight division rankings. At the UFC Fight Night: Dern Vs. Hill, Dern defeated Angela Hill via unanimous decision, 49-43, 49-44, 49-44. This was the occasion when Dern was promoted to 3rd-degree BJJ black belt by her father and coach Wellington Megaton Dias. After the big victory, Dern said that she was now ready for a title fight. She called out Namajunas for the big fight. The fight would be worth-watching because Dern is famous for her mixture of grappling and striking while Namajunas is known for knockouts.
“I follow her on social media and stuff, and I saw her do an ADCC regional tournament or something like that. I’m a former ADCC champion, so I’m always happy when I see the MMA girls doing jiu-jitsu. But, for sure, fighting Rose is a priority of mine right now at this moment”.
Dern said, “I think it would be a great fight, it would be a main event, and a good test for both of us”. Dern is all the way ready to prove her worth once again after the epic fight with Hill.
“I don’t know what Rose is up to, but if she’s going to continue fighting, I want to fight Rose.”
8. Rose Namajunas’s Fighting Style
Video Credits: @UFC
Namajunas uses precise strikes while maintaining distance between herself and her opponents. Her fast-paced fighting style has helped keep her away from her opponents’ savage attacks. Namajunas punches her opponents mostly with her right fist. She bends low and uses her whole body when throwing a punch. Shifting her entire mass into her punches helps her effectively knock out her opponents. Known for her fantastic submission game, Namajunas has submitted 5 of her opponents while losing only one bout via submission.
Namajunas has an extensive wrestling, taekwondo and karate record. Having a mixed fighting style gives Namajunas more options to dominate her opponents.
9. Rose Namajunas’s Historic Fights
9.1. Rose Namajunas Vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Video Credits: @ufcespanol
At UFC 217, Namajunas competed against Joanna Jędrzejczyk for the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship belt for the very first time. Jędrzejczyk landed a leg kick and Namajunas responded with a jab and a low kick. Jędrzejczyk tried a roundhouse kick, but Namajunas managed to dodge and keep herself from falling.
Namajunas landed one jab on Jędrzejczyk’s face and knocked her onto the mat. Namajunas trapped her opponent along the ring and punched her multiple times in the face. Namajunas tagged Jędrzejczyk along the ring but eventually, Jędrzejczyk got free and got away from Namajunas’s deadly punches. Namajunas followed up with one strong punch to the face that laid Jędrzejczyk out on the mat. Namajunas punched her hard on the face. The knockout had such an impact on Jędrzejczyk that she tried to defend herself and landed a single punch on Namajunas. Jędrzejczyk tapped out and admitted defeat. Namajunas defeated Jędrzejczyk via TKO punches and became UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion and won the “Performance of the Night” award on her epic knockout victory.
9.2. Rose Namajunas Vs. Jessica Andrade
Video Credits: @ufcespanol
Being a BJJ black belt and experienced in vale tudo, Jessica Andrade proved to be an efficient and quick fighter. At UFC 251, Namajunas and Adrade faced off against each other and the fight was spectacular. Namajunas has been known to adapt to her opponent’s fighting style to better counter them with her own mixed fighting style. With Andrade, Namajunas was even faster with her punches and dodges, skillfully defending herself from Andrade’s strikes. Namajunas’s consecutive double punches forced Andrade to put distance between herself and Namajunas for a few seconds. Andrade then retaliated by pounding on Namajunas, which Namajunas responded with a hard jab to Andrade’s face. Andrade tried to take down Namajunas, but Namajunas’s knee strike forced Andrade to back off.
In the second round, Namajunas dominated with punches to Andrade’s face. At one point, Namajunas jumped towards Andrade, but the latter managed to dodge. This put Namajunas in a tough spot; luckily, she quickly returned to a safe position and escaped Andrade’s hard blows.
In the third round, Andrade punched Namajunas so hard that her nose started to bleed. After a couple of punches, Andrade initiated a single-leg takedown and threw Namajunas on the mat. Luckily, Namajunas defended herself and escaped the hold. In the end, Namajunas won the fight via split decision and was awarded “Fight of the Night.”
9.3. Rose Namajunas Vs. Zhang Weili
Video Credits: @UFC Russia
At UFC 261, Namajunas competed against Zhang Weili for the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship belt. UFC 261 took place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. At the start of the fight, Weili went on the offensive. She landed a low kick on Namajunas, followed by a jab. Namajunas defended herself and landed a jab on Weili’s face. Weili is famous for using her opponents' weight to catch them off guard and land jabs and kicks. Namajunas’s roundhouse kick (head kick) knocked Weili onto the mat. The early head kick and punches gave Namajunas the advantage in the title bout. Namajunas’s victory over Weili caused a big stir in UFC. Because of her victory, Namajunas won “Fight of the Night” and the “MMA and UFC Upset of the Year” award. This was the second time Namajunas became the UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion.
When Namajunas was awarded the belt by Dana White, Joe Rogan, the American UFC Color commentator, stepped into the cage and asked how she felt after becoming the UFC Belt Champion. Nanajunas was emotional and, seeing her that way for the very first time, Rogan also became emotional during the interview. In a YouTube video, Rogan called her “champion of the f***king world.” Rogan also mentioned that Namajunas, after winning the UFC title for the first time, said, “We have to be better people. We gotta be nicer to each other.”
9.4. Rose Namajunas Vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Video Credits: @ufcespanol
At UFC 223, Namajunas and Jędrzejczyk had a rematch, with Namajunas prepared to defend her title for the first time. During the fight, Jędrzejczyk’s techniques were fast and difficult to dodge. Jędrzejczyk’s performance was fueled by her frustration at losing her belt to Namajunas and the chance to get her belt back. Jędrzejczyk’s footwork was impeccable, forcing Namajunas to increase her speed. Namajunas went for a front kick that Jędrzejczyk dodged. Then, Namajunas punched Jędrzejczyk that startled her. Jędrzejczyk landed a couple of punches on Namajunas’s face, whereas Namajanas countered with her own punches that caught Jędrzejczyk off guard.
Namajunas eventually took down Jędrzejczyk and kept her from escaping. Namajunas defeated Jędrzejczyk via unanimous decision and managed to defend her championship belt. It was Namajunas punches that led to her victory via unanimous decision. It was the moment when Namajunas took down Jędrzejczyk and didn’t let her escape.Jędrzejczyk thought she had a great moment of punching Namajunas but it was the other way around. That key moment decided Namajunas’ victory.
10. Rose Namajunas’s BJJ Accomplishments
|2022||Fury Pro Grappling||Brown||N/A|
|2023||ADCC Denver Open Trials||Brown||3rd|
10.1. ADCC Denver Open Trials
|2023||Under 60 Kg||Bronze|
11. Rose Namajunas’s BJJ Professional Record Breakdown
|3 Matches||0 Wins||1 Losses||0 Draws|
11.1. Submission W/L Methods
|Submission Method||0 Wins||1 Losses|
|Rear Naked Choke||0||1|
12. Rose Namajunas’s BJJ Fight History
|2022||Fury Pro Grappling 6||Gillian Robertson||L||Rear Naked Choke||N/A||N/A|
|2023||ADCC Denver Open Trials||Jasmine Rocha||L||Points||Absolute||Semi Final|
|2023||ADCC Denver Open Trials||Morgan Black||L||Points||Absolute||Final|
13. Rose Namajunas’s BJJ Top Fight Links
14. Rose Namajunas’s MMA Championships
|2018: For Best Fighter
2021: For Best MMA Fighter
|ESPY Award Nominee|
|2019||Lithuanian American National Hall of Fame|
|2018||Kids’ Choice Sports Award for Biggest Powerhouse Nominee|
|2017 - Woman of the Year||Eighth Annual Real Women Awards|
14.1. Invicta FC
- Submission of the Year
- Fan Bonus of the Year
14.3. Fighter of the Year
|2017||MMA Fighter of the Year|
|2017||UFC Fighter of the Year|
|2017||MMA Female Fighter of the Year|
|2021||MMA Female Fighter of the Year|
|2021||Women’s MMA MVP|
14.4. Upset of the Year
|2017||MMA Upset of the Year|
|2017||UFC Upset of the Year|
14.5. Submission of the Year
|2013||MMA Submission of the Year|
|2013||Women’s MMA Submission of the Year|
|2015||Women’s MMA Submission of the Year|
|2017||Women’s MMA Submission of the Year|
14.6. Knockout of the Year
|2017||Women’s MMA Knockout of the Year|
14.7. Fight of the Year
|2013||Women’s MMA Fight of the Year|
14.8. Fight of the Month
|2019||May Fight of the Month|
|2020||July Fight of the Month|
14.9. Year’s Most Violent
|2017||Fight Booth Lady Violence Award|
|2017||Sherdog’s com All-Violence Second Team: Strawweight|
|2015||Sherdog’s com All-Violence Second Team: Strawweight|
14.10. Magazine Mentions
|2017||MMA Fighter of the Year||ESPN
MMA Fighting (ranked 4th in top 5)
MMA Mania (ranked 4th in top 5)
RealSport (ranked 3rd in top 5)
|2017||UFC Fighter of the Year||CBS Sports (ranked 3rd in top 5)|
|2017||MMA Female Fighter of the Year||World MMA Awards
MMA Today (ranked 1st in top 50)
Promoting Real Women
|2021||MMA Female Fighter of the Year||World MMA Awards
|2021||Women’s MMA MVP||Wrestling Observer Newsletter|
|2017||MMA Upset of the Year||World MMA Awards
The MMA Takeover
Bloody Elbow (ranked 1st in top 3)
|2017||UFC Upset of the Year||Sport360
|2013||MMA Submission of the Year||World MMA Awards (nominee)
The MMA Corner
|2013||Women’s MMA Submission of the Year||Bleacher Report
WMMA Press Association
Promoting Real Women
|2015||Women’s MMA Submission of the Year||Awakening Fighters|
|2017||Women’s MMA Submission of the Year||Awakening Fighters|
|2017||Women’s MMA Knockout of the Year||Awakening Fighters
Promoting Real Women
|2013||Women’s MMA Fight of the Year||Bleacher Report|
|2019||May Fight of the Month||MMAJunkie.com|
|2020||July Fight of the Month||MMAJunkie.com|
14.11. Ultimate Fighting Championship
- 2 time UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion
- 2 successful title defenses
- 3 times Performance of the Night
- 3 times Fight of the Night
- Tied for most finishes in UFC Women’s Strawweight history
- First ever woman in UFC to regain her lost championship belt
- Won from three former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champions - Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Jessica Andrade, and Zhang Weili)
- Runner-up for The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned
- Fight of the Season
- Performance of the Season
15. Rose Namajunas’s MMA Career Statistics
|Significant Strike Defense||60%|
|Significant Strike Accuracy||40%|
|Significant Strikes Absorbed Per Minute||3.50|
|Significant Strikes Landed Per Minute||3.66|
16. Rose Namajunas’s MMA Professional Record Breakdown
|16 Matches||11 Wins||5 Losses||0 Draws|
17. Rose Namajunas’s MMA Fight History
|May 7, 2022||UFC 274||Carla Esparza||L||Decision (Split)||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||5:00||5|
|Nov 6, 2021||UFC 268||Zhang Weili||W||Decision (Split)||New York City, New York, United States||5:00||5|
|April 24, 2021||UFC 261||Zhang Weili||W||KO (Head Kick)||Jacksonville, Florida, United States||1:18||1|
|July 12, 2020||UFC 251||Jéssica Andrade||W||Decision (Split)||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||5:00||3|
|May 11, 2019||UFC 237||Jéssica Andrade||L||KO (Slam)||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||2:58||2|
|April 7, 2018||UFC 223||Joanna Jędrzejczyk||W||Decision (Unanimous)||Brooklyn, New York, United States||5:00||5|
|Nov 4, 2017||UFC 217||Joanna Jędrzejczyk||W||TKO (Punches)||New York City, New York, United States||3:03||1|
|April 15, 2017||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis||Michelle Waterson||W||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||2:47||2|
|July 30, 2016||UFC 201||Karolina Kowalkiewicz||L||Decision (Split)||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||5:00||3|
|April 16, 2016||UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans||Tecia Torres||W||Decision (Unanimous)||Tampa, Florida, United States||5:00||3|
|Dec 10, 2015||UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant||Paige VanZant||W||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||2:25||5|
|Oct 3, 2015||UFC 192||Angela Hill||W||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Houston, Texas, United States||2:47||1|
|Dec 12, 2014||The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale||Carla Esparza||L||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||1:26||3|
|July 13, 2013||Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg||Tecia Torres||L||Decision (Unanimous)||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||5:00||3|
|April 5, 2013||Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson||Kathina Catron||W||Submission (Flying Armbar)||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||0:12||1|
|Jan 5, 2013||Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt||Emily Kagan||W||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Kansas City, Kansas, United States||3:44||3|
17.1. Exhibition Record Breakdown
|3 Matches||3 Wins||0 Losses||0 Draws|
|Aug 14, 2014||The Ultimate Fighter : A Champion Will Be Crowned||Randa Markos||W||Submission (Kimura)||Las Vegas, Nevada||2:45||1|
|Aug 6, 2014||Joanne Calderwood||W||Submission (Kimura)||2:06||2|
|July 28, 2014||Alex Chambers||W||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||4:38||1|
17.2. Amateur Record Breakdown
|4 Matches||4 Wins||0 Losses||0 Draws|
|June 30, 2012||King of the Cage - Trump Card||Jen Aniano||Win||TKO (head kick and punches)||Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin||0:33||1|
|March 17, 2012||King of the Cage - March Mania||Moriel Charneski||Win||Decision (unanimous)||Walker, Minnesota||3:00||3|
|Dec 10, 2011||King of the Cage - Winter Warriors||Heather Bassett||Win||Decision (unanimous)||Walker, Minnesota||3:00||3|
|Aug 7, 2010||North American Fight Championship - Relentless||Melissa Pacheco||Win||TKO (punches)||West Allis, Wisconsin||2:51||1|
18. Rose Namajunas’s Worldwide MMA Rankings
|MMA Awards||Worldwide Rankings|
|Current Best Female Strawweight||3|
|Current Best Pound For Pound Female MMA Fighter||4|
|MMA Fighter of the Year for 2018||12|
|Greatest MMA Striker of All Time||60|
|MMA Fighter of the Year for 2017||4|
|MMA Fighter of the Year for 2021||5|
|Top Fan Favorite MMA Fighter||30|
19. Rose Namajunas’s Pay Per View Bouts
|April 7, 2018||UFC 223||Namajunas Vs. Joanna||350,000||Barclays Centre, Brooklyn. New York, USA|
|May 11, 2019||UFC 237||Namajunas Vs. Andrade||Not Disclosed||Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
20. Rose Namajunas’s Top Fight Links
Rose Namajunas Earns FASTEST SUBMISSION in INVICTA HISTORY Over Catron | Invicta FC 5
En Este Día: Namajunas vs Jędrzejczyk 1
Роуз Намаюнас vs Жанг Вейли 1: Вспоминаем бой
#UFC274 Pelea Gratis: Namajunas vs. Andrade 2
Photo Credits: @rosenamajunas