Rose Namajunas

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Rose Namajunas
Born Rose Gertrude Namajunas
(1992-06-29) June 29, 1992 (age 24)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Other names Thug Rose
Nationality American
Ethnicity Lithuanian
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Weight 115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)
Division Strawweight
Reach 65.0 in (165 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Denver, Colorado
Team 303 Training Center[2]
Grudge Training Center (2012–2016)
Rank Black belt in Taekwondo[3]
Black belt in Karate[4][3]
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[5]
Years active 2010–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 9
Wins 6
By submission 5
By decision 1
Losses 3
By submission 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Rose Gertrude Namajunas[6] ( /nɑːməˈjuːnəs/; born June 29, 1992) is an American mixed martial artist who is currently competing in the Women's Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of September 10, 2016, she is #4 in the official UFC Strawweight rankings.[7]

Early life[edit]

Namajunas started practicing Taekwondo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the age of 5. She earned her poom belt (junior black belt) at age 9. After that, she went on doing both karate and jiu-jitsu. At age of 16, In high school, she started training kickboxing and mixed martial arts with Duke Roufus at Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and she was also a senior-year wrestler at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.[8][9][10]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Namajunas began competing in MMA as an amateur in 2010. She racked up a perfect amateur record of 4-0 with 2 wins by TKO and 2 by decision. Both of the finishes came in the first round.[11]

Invicta Fighting Championship[edit]

She made her pro debut against Emily Kagan at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt on January 5, 2013.[12] After two back-and-forth rounds, Namajunas was able to secure the victory via submission due to a rear-naked choke in round three. The victory in her pro debut also earned her the Submission of the Night bonus.[13]

In her second professional appearance, Namajunas faced Kathina Catron at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013.[14][15] She won the fight by submission due to a flying armbar just 12 seconds into the first round. This performance garnered Namajunas her second Submission of the Night award.[16]

Namajunas fought fellow undefeated prospect Tecia Torres at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on July 13, 2013.[17][18] Namajunas lost the fight by unanimous decision.[19][20]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

On December 11, 2013, it was announced that Namajunas was signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) along with 10 other strawweight fighters to compete on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, which will crown the first-ever UFC strawweight champion.[21]

Namajunas was the fourth pick by coach Gilbert Melendez.[22] She defeated Alex Chambers by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the preliminary round of the tournament.[23]

In the quarter-finals, Namajunas faced Joanne Calderwood. She won the fight via kimura in the second round.

In the semi-finals, Namajunas faced Randa Markos. She again won the fight via kimura in the first round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Namajunas faced Carla Esparza at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale on December 12, 2014 for the vacant UFC Strawweight Championship.[24] Namajunas lost the fight as she was submitted via rear-naked choke in the third round.[25]

Despite losing in the finale, Namajunas was awarded two season $25,000 bonus awards for Performance of the Season and Fight of the Season for her bout with Joanne Calderwood.[26]

Namajunas was expected to face Nina Ansaroff on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187.[27] Prior to the fight, Ansaroff missed weight by 4 pounds and was fined 20 percent of her fight purse.[28] However a couple of hours before the fights started, the bout was scrapped due to Ansaroff being ill and having to pull out.[29] Despite the fact that the fight couldn't take place, Namajunas was still paid her full fight purse (show- and win money) regardless.[30] MMA media reported that it was possible that the fight could be rescheduled for later in 2015.[31]

She faced Angela Hill on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192.[32] She won the fight by technical submission due to a standing rear-naked choke in the first round.[33]

Namajunas fought Paige VanZant on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80, replacing an injured Joanne Calderwood.[34] She dominated VanZant throughout the fight, out-striking her consistently and landing eight takedowns. She attempted three submissions, two arm bars and a rear naked choke, before she won the fight half way through the fifth round via submission due to a rear naked choke.[35] The win also earned Namajunas her first Performance of the Night bonus award.[36]

Namajunas faced, the still undefeated, Tecia Torres in a rematch on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[37] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[38]

On July 30, 2016, Namajunas fought Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 201.[39] Kowalkiewicz defeated Namajunas via split decision.[40] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.[41]

Namajunas faced Michelle Waterson on April 15, 2017 at UFC on Fox 24.[42]She dropped Waterson with a head kick, and won by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the following sequenses on the ground, in round 2, marking the 5th submission finish in her career.[43]

Fighting style[edit]

Namajunas utilizes forward movement while pressuring opponents with jabs and high kicks.[44] During her fight at Invicta FC 6, she directed a series of axe kicks, front kicks, and forward roundhouse kicks to her opponent's head.[45] After closing the distance, she will sometimes attempt to grapple and execute a submission.[16][44]

Personal life[edit]

Namajunas is the fiancée and training partner of Glory and former UFC heavyweight Pat Barry.[46][47][48]

She is of Lithuanian descent.[49]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 6–3 Michelle Waterson Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis April 15, 2017 2 2:47 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 5–3 Karolina Kowalkiewicz Decision (split) UFC 201 July 30, 2016 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 5–2 Tecia Torres Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 4–2 Paige VanZant Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant December 10, 2015 5 2:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 3–2 Angela Hill Technical Submission (standing rear-naked choke) UFC 192 October 3, 2015 1 2:47 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 2–2 Carla Esparza Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale December 12, 2014 3 1:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the inaugural UFC Women's Strawweight Championship.
Loss 2–1 Tecia Torres Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg July 13, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 2–0 Kathina Catron Submission (flying armbar) Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson April 5, 2013 1 0:12 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 1–0 Emily Kagan Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt January 5, 2013 3 3:44 Kansas City, Kansas, United States Submission of the Night.

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Randa Markos Submission (kimura) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned December 10, 2014 (airdate) 1 2:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Semifinal round
Win 2–0 Joanne Calderwood Submission (kimura) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned December 3, 2014 (airdate) 2 2:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Quarterfinal round
Win 1–0 Alex Chambers Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned November 5, 2014 (airdate) 1 4:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Elimination round

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Bryant, Karyn (10 April 2017). Rose Namajunas Predicts 1st Round KO Of Michelle Waterson At UFC On FOX. Event occurs at 08:58. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
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  4. ^ "Roast Namajunas Awakening Profile". Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
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  9. ^ "Fighter Babe Rose Namajunas Returns to the Cage on Saturday". Babes of MMA. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
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  14. ^ "Rose Namajunas vs Kathina Catron Set For Invicta FC 5 Card". 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
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  33. ^ "UFC 192 results: Rose Namajunas puts Angela Hill to sleep with standing rear-naked choke". 2015-10-03. 
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