Author: Damon Martin
Date: Jan. 4, 2017
As soon as Michelle Waterson put Paige VanZant to sleep in their main event fight this past December, Rose Namajunas was flooded with messages on social media all saying that she should face “The Karate Hottie” for her next fight.
Perhaps it’s because Namajunas mauled VanZant in similar fashion when they met in 2015 or maybe it’s simply a stylistic matchup that fans wanted to see when watching Waterson ply her craft.
Whatever the reason, Namajunas heard the message loud and clear and now she’s asking the UFC to make her next fight against Waterson as soon as possible.
“I am a big fan of Michelle, ever since I started, she’s been doing this a long time. It’s one of the main reasons I always like to challenge myself and she definitely showed a lot of improvement in her last fight and she beat Paige (VanZant) faster than me so why not challenge her to a contest as well,” Namajunas told FOX Sports.
According to Namajunas, the reaction to a potential fight with Waterson let her know right away that this was a matchup that would garner a lot of attention as well.
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In just the early stages of her career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), “Thug” Rose Namajunas has impressed many with her relentless fighting style and laid-back personality. Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., Namajunas is currently training out of Denver, Colo., and is ranked No. 4 in the UFC Strawweight division.
During her adolescence, Namajunas earned a black belt in karate and taekwondo, along with a blue belt in jiu-jitsu. In high school, the Wisconsin native began training in kickboxing and mixed martial arts with Duke Roufus at Roufursports in Milwaukee. She was also a senior-year wrestler.
Namajunas’ amateur MMA career began in 2010, racking up a perfect record of 4-0 with two TKOs and two Unanimous Decisions.
In December 2013, Namajunas announced that she would be of 11 women to sign with the UFC to compete on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF 20). Namajunas excelled during her time on TUF 20, ultimately competing against Carla Esparza at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale on Dec. 12, 2014. Unfortunately, Namajunas lost the fight after being submitted via rear-naked choke in the third round.
Namajunas returned to the octagon on Oct. 3, 2015 to battle the dangerous striker, Angela Hill. She went on to defeat Hill following a first-round, standing rear-naked choke. The impressive move for the victory is only the third standing rear-naked choke in the history of the UFC. On Dec. 10, 2015, Namajunas faced Paige VanZant and dominated her opponent by out-striking and landing eight takedowns, before executing a rear-naked choke for the win. Namajunas’ commanding showing also earned her the Performance of the Night bonus.
Namajunas added to her win streak with a victory over Tecia Torres during UFC on FOX 19 on April 16, 2016. The win came via unanimous decision. On July 30, 2016, Namajunas returned to the octagon to face Karolina Kowalkiewicz during UFC 201. Despite a strong effort, Namajunas experienced an end to her win streak following a split-decision loss.
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