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UFC on FOX 19 fight card: Rose Namajunas vs Tecia Torres full fight preview

Author: Andrew Richardson

Date: April 11, 2016

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight contenders Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres will rematch this Saturday (April 16, 2016) at UFC on FOX 19 inside Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Namajunas used a stellar run on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 to earn a title shot, but she ultimately came up short. However, “Thug Rose” has finished back-to-back fights and looked better than ever, so she’s now looking for a second opportunity.

Torres, meanwhile, struggled a bit on TUF, but has been perfect in her professional career. She’s never tasted defeat and holds a victory over Namajunas from early in their careers, but a second win would propel her to far greater heights.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both women:

Rose Namajunas
Record: 4-2
Key Wins: Paige VanZant (UFC Fight Night 80), Randa Markos (TUF 20*), Angela Hill (UFC 192)
Key Losses: Tecia Torres (Invicta FC 4)
Keys to Victory: Namajunas is just 23 years old, and she’s already a very well-rounded athlete. She comes from a Karate background — which definitely shows in her kickboxing — but Namajunas has won each of her fights via submission.

In this bout, the takedown will be very important for Namajunas. Though she’s the more powerful striker and is not outmatched in that area, Torres is a smart fighter who knows how to win rounds with volume.

Torres has won each of her professional fights via decision.

While stunning her opponent with a punch or locking in a submission would be ideal, Namajunas needs to recognize that her opponent is tough and skilled. With that in mind, Namajunas’ main objective should be to stay ahead in the takedown battle and maintain top position.

That’s not to say that Namajunas shouldn’t be hunting for the submission … that’s her forte. However, Namajunas needs to ensure that she’s ahead on the scorecards and must avoid giving up top position in pursuit of the finish.

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