Namajunas, who was within inches of being one of the injured parties, escaped physical harm, but the incident still had a strong affect on her emotionally. The loss most likely means Jedrzejczyk will move up to the flyweight division where she will likely get an automatic title shot when she's ready.
Namajunas shocked the world when she knocked out Jedrzejczyk in the first round at UFC 217 in November. "Rowdy" began her MMA career with 12 consecutive triumphs and was part of the first-ever women's bout in the UFC.
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In fact, Rose just wouldn't let up. She showed championship pedigree, walking out from her corner with new energy in her step, and she commanded the final five minutes, finishing with the only takedown of the bout inside the last 60 seconds. Namajunas starts catching Jedrzejczyk with some leg kicks of her own, Namajunas starts catching Jedrzejczyk with some lefts. Rose probably broke Joanna's nose in the fifth round and finished closing her eye up, as she was landing attractive shots when they came together in their exchanges. She luckily enough avoided physical damage, but was pushed to the edge emotionally just 48 hours prior to the first defense of her UFC strawweight title. Right at the end of the fifth round, Rose went for a body lock, outside trip take down.
This was an unbelievable fight by both ladies, but Joanna is really going to have to go and change the way she approaches MMA, because if she can't get started with her jabs it really stifles her game. While the UFC and Dana White may be doing some soul-searching about the role they've played in McGregor's "I can do whatever I want" attitude, a new star has emerged to help lead the promotion in a different direction - "Thug Rose". Thug Rose looked incredible and I thought she would go for more take downs but her striking was so crisp.