Former UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas bought the job carried out on Saturday night time at UFC 251 in opposition to Jessica Andrade. Facial bruises apart, “Thug Rose” bought even with a break up resolution victory and a $50,000 bonus for Battle of the Evening.

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Attending to assess her efficiency a couple of days later, Namajunas spoke about it in a current dialog with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

“I cherished it, yeah. I cherished it much more contemplating the development Andrade made,” she mentioned (transcript by MMA Junkie). “I used to be pleased with the extent of ready I used to be.

“Going into the third, I knew she was gonna come out a bit of determined. Anticipating that was like, ‘Ooh, gotta be additional sharp.’ Clearly I bought caught, however total I used to be simply so pleased with myself.”

The victory over Andrade moved Namajunas as much as primary on the 115-pound rankings, proper under champion Weili Zhang. A title struggle is the following logical step, which Rose already welcomes.

“Ever since I noticed her struggle Tecia (Torres), I’ve been scouting her out a bit of bit,” Namajunas mentioned. “I simply suppose it’s gonna be a lovely show of martial arts. She’s a grasp; I’m a grasp. It’s gonna be actually cool.

“I’d like to struggle her. She’s superior. She’s actually technical, actually sturdy, simply total a grasp. That’s one thing that basically pursuits me lots.”

After UFC 251, the 28-year-old Namajunas improved to a file of 10-4 (with six wins by stoppage).