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Who is Rose Namajunas?

Rose Namajunas (born June 29, 1992) is an American professional mixed martial artist. She is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where she competes in the women’s strawweight division and is a two-time and current UFC Women’s Strawweight World Champion. As of April 26, 2021, Namajunas is #3 in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Rose Namajunas retains strawweight title in tactical affair with Weili Zhang

Rose Namajunas retains strawweight title in tactical affair with Weili Zhang
Rose Namajunas retains strawweight title in tactical affair with Weili Zhang

After crushing Weili Zhang by first-round TKO in their first fight back in April to become a two-time women’s strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas entered UFC 268 knowing the rematch was likely to be a tougher fight. That is exactly how it played out on Saturday night inside New York City’s Madison Square Garden, with Namajunas having to go five hard rounds to win a split decision to retain her title.

Zhang came out strong, working off a strong leg kick attack and not falling into the same trap that led to Namajunas landing a massive headkick that set up the TKO in the first meeting.

That patient approach paid off early for Zhang. With the leg kicks landing and occasional heavy power punches, Zhang was able to set up a takedown and add a new dimension for the champion to worry about early in the fight. Unfortunately for Zhang, the ground would also be where she ultimately lost the rematch.

After three rounds of close and competitive action that saw both women battle on nearly even ground, Namajunas took over the fight in the championship rounds on the strength of her own takedowns. Where Namajunas had been able to escape the ground earlier in the fight after Zhang takedowns, Zhang was unable to get back to her feet when Namajunas got top position.

Rose Namajunas Biography, Wiki

Rose Namajunas may seem a fragile girl, but, in fact, she is a thriving mixed martial artist, the former UFC champion, and number one in the Women’s Strawweight rankings. There is no wonder she received the nickname “Thug Rose”.

Rose Gertrude Namajunas was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 29, 1992, into a Lithuanian family. The girl’s childhood was difficult: the father had schizophrenia, and the child was sexually abused.

Namajunas took up martial arts before she went to school. She joined a Taekwondo club at five and earned the junior black belt at nine. Later, Namajunas mastered karate and jiu-jitsu.

Rose Namajunas
Rose Namajunas
Full NameRose Gertrude Namajunas
BornJune 29, 1992 (age 29)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Other namesThug
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)
DivisionStrawweight
Reach65 in (165 cm)
Fighting out ofDenver, Colorado, U.S.
Team303 Training Center
Grudge Training Center (2012–2016)
Minnesota Martial Arts Academy (2011–2012)
Roufusport
TrainerTrevor Wittman
Pat Barry
Tony Basile
Greg Nelson
RankBlack belt in Taekwondo
Black belt in Karate
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2010–present (MMA)

Rose Namajunas Career

The 16-year-old young woman began to practice mixed martial arts and kickboxing as a high-school student. Jeffrey “Duke” Roufus became her coach. Namajunas debuted in the amateurish MMA in 2010, when she collaborated with Greg Nelson at Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. The newbie had four victories (two technical knockouts) and no failures; she finished all fights in the first round.

The first professional meeting took place on January 5, 2013; Emily Kagan was Rose’s opponent at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt. Namajunas won in the third round with a rear-naked choke. The second fight against Kathina Catron brought a victory at the 12th second, but the ensuing battle was unlucky for Namajunas: she lost to invincible Tecia Torres on July 13, 2013.

The same year, in December, the athlete signed an agreement with the UFC and participated in the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter. It marked the beginning of the Strawweight tournament in the organization. Rose defeated Alex Chambers and crashed Joanne Calderwood in the second round of the quarterfinal; the semifinal against Randa Markos was successful for her.

In 2014, the woman challenged the champion Carla Esparza at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale. However, Esparza did not give in and surpassed Namajunas in the third round. However, Rose gained two bonuses, $25 000 each, for the fight against Joanne Calderwood.

On May 23, 2015, Namajunas was supposed to fight Nina Ansaroff, but the opponent fell sick several hours before the fight, and it had to be canceled. However, their meeting was reportedly possible.

On October 3, fans could see Namajunas and Angela Hill in the ring; the former athlete won. On December 10, Rose replaced injured Joanne Calderwood and fought against Paige VanZant. She was dominating from the very beginning and won with a submission; however, the opponent kept resisting for five rounds.

In 2016, Namajunas faced Tecia Torres for the second time. The rematch was more beneficial: Rose gained the victory, and the jury’s decision was unanimous. Further on, she met with Michelle Waterson and defeated her in the second round.

The UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk was a fierce rival; few MMA lovers expected Rose’s victory. Still, she did it with a knockout in the first round. The title defense was held on April 7, 2018, and Namajunas proved to be stronger than her old rival Jędrzejczyk for the second time.

Rose Namajunas Boyfriend

The woman is dating the UFC heavyweight fighter, Pat Barry. She says she liked him at once, but it took the couple pretty much time to start talking. They had sparring, and Namajunas hit Par’s face; perhaps, he fell in love with her at that moment, Rose jokes.

Rose Namajunas with her boyfriend Pat Barry
Rose Namajunas with her boyfriend Pat Barry

Rose Namajunas Achievements

  • 2013 – Women’s MMA Fight of the Year
  • 2017 – MMA Fighter of the Year
  • 2017 – UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion
  • 2017 – Global Lithuanian Award for Lithuanian Names Famous Globally
  • 2017 – Women’s MMA Knockout of the Year
  • 2017 – Fight Booth Lady Violence Award
  • 2019 – May Fight of the Month

Rose Namajunas FAQ’s

Who is Rose Namajunas?

Rose Namajunas (born June 29, 1992) is an American professional mixed martial artist. She is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where she competes in the women’s strawweight division and is a two-time and current UFC Women’s Strawweight World Champion. As of April 26, 2021, Namajunas is #3 in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Who is Rose Namajunas’s boyfriend?

The woman is dating the UFC heavyweight fighter, Pat Barry. She says she liked him at once, but it took the couple pretty much time to start talking. They had sparring, and Namajunas hit Par’s face; perhaps, he fell in love with her at that moment, Rose jokes.

How old is Rose Namajunas?

Currently, Rose Namajunas is 29 years old.

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