A women’s strawweight title fight between Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade headlined tonight’s UFC 237 pay-per-view event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Rose Namajunas (8-3 MMA) entered tonight’s headliner having not competed since UFC 223 in April of 2018. That night in Brooklyn, Rose had defeated former division champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk for the second time in her career.
Meanwhile, Jessica Andrade entered tonight’s main event on a three-fight win streak, her latest being a devastating one-punch knockout victory over Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Tonight’s UFC 237 main event saw Rose Namajunas get off to a quick start. The American was able to utilize her jab and range to frustrate and outpoint the Brazilian in a lopsided opening first round.
Round two appeared to be more of the same from Namajunas, as she continued to snap her jab and counter beautifully when Andrade attempted to get inside. Eventually Jessica would get a hold of Rose and when did she proceeded to pick Namajunas up and slam her to the canvas. The impact from her head hitting the floor resulted in Rose Namajunas being knocked out cold, thus crowning Jessica Andrade the new UFC women’s strawweight Champion.
Check out how the pros reacted to Jessica Andrade knocking out Rose Namajunas below:
It’s pretty simple. @rosenamajunas is looking like a ninja assassin right now. Andrade started to claw back but that is some clean technique from Rose. 💥
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) May 12, 2019
Congrats on Jessica’s victory! Glad Rose is ok after that takedown#ufcRio
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) May 12, 2019
— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) May 12, 2019
She was holding a sub. It was legal
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) May 12, 2019
Sometimes MMA ruins what looks to be a great fist fight https://t.co/O7uBuJWckn
— ike vallie-flagg (@IKEVF) May 12, 2019
Thank god Rose is ok! I was really nervous watching that. The neck stuff freaks me out especially being a victim of neck injuries as well. #UFC237
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) May 12, 2019
Wow, I don’t think anyone saw that coming, Rose had her number in the striking and was more technical on the ground but holy shit don’t let Andrade pick your ass up. #UFC237
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) May 12, 2019
— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) May 12, 2019
Parabéns @jessicammapro ! Campeã do UFC com todo mérito do mundo, fazendo jus ao apelido!
— Demian Maia (@demianmaia) May 12, 2019
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