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) returns to action for the first time since UFC 223 in April of 2018, where she defeated former division champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk for a second time, this while marking her first career title defense.
Meanwhile, Jessica Andrade enters tonight’s event headliner on a three-fight win streak, her latest being a devastating one-punch knockout victory over Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Round one of the UFC 237 main event begins and Rose Namajunas lands a stiff jab right out of the gate. Another good jab from Rose. Andrade starts stalking forward. Namajunas with a good counter right hand as Andrade attempts to close the distance. Rose steps in with a combination. A right hand appears to bust up the eye of the title challenger. Rose Namajunas with another nice right hand over the top. Jessica Andrade leaps in with a flurry of hooks. She shoots for a takedown but Rose is able to defend but utilizing a kimura hold. Andrade picks up Namajunas and slams her to the canvas. Rose looks for an armbar but the Brazilian quickly escapes. Back on the feet and Rose shoots in for a double leg but Andrade pops right back up. The fighters trade hooks in the pocket. Andrade with a hook but Rose counters with a knee that drops her. Rose swarms from the top. Big shots. She looks for a guillotine as Jessica is attempting to stand. Andrade breaks loose but looks frustrated as the horn sounds to end round one.
Round two begins and Andrade starts things off with a couple of low kicks. Namajunas answers with a stiff jab. Andrade comes forward with a flurry but Rose Namajunas counters beautifully. Andrade continues to pressure. She lands a pair of hooks but Rose counters nicely again with her jab. Rose lands a clean left and then another. Andrade misses with a wild hook. Jessica Andrade shoots in and picks Rose Namajunas off her feet. She slams her to the canvas and Rose is out cold. Unbelievable!!!
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Official UFC 237 Result: Jessica Andrade def. Rose Namajunas via KO (slam) in Round 2