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UFC 237 Video: Jessica Andrade slams Rose Namajunas for incredible KO victory

UFC 237 Video: Jessica Andrade slams Rose Namajunas for incredible KO victory

  • Jessica Andrade defeated Rose Namajunas in the second round of the main event at UFC 237

Jessica Andrade became the new UFC women’s strawweight champion in style at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Despite early adversity, including a noticeably marked up left eye, Andrade scored a remarkable second-round knockout victory after slamming Rose Namajunas head-first into the canvas.

Rose Namajunas looked outstanding throughout the opening stages of the main event bout. The champion showcased exceptional footwork and quickly moved in and out of Andrade’s punching range to land significant punches early and often. Her jab and 1-2 down the middle was troubling the challenger.

Andrade attempted a couple of slam takedowns in the first round but Namajunas opted to defend them by locking in a kimura submission that deterred Andrade from finishing the attempt with force. When Andrade did follow-through with the takedown, Namajunas trapped Andrade in an armbar submission but the challenger was able to escape.

However, in the second round, Andrade again attempted the takedown but this time committed fully to the attempt and launched Namajunas’ head into the canvas.

With the win, Jessica Andrade moves to 20-6 and extends her winning streak to four. For Namajunas, it was her first defeat since losing to Karolina Kowalkiewicz by split decision at UFC 201 in July 2016. After the fight, she explained that losing the title was “a huge pressure off my shoulders.”

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