Jessica Andrade became the new Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s Strawweight champion after scoring a second-round knockout over Rose Namajunas in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday May 11th.
Namajunas started the fight in dominant fashion as she out-striked and out-landed Andrade. After being bloodied early in the fight we saw glimpses of Brazilian tactics as she attempted to go for a takedown, but the champion managed to get to her feet and end the one sided first round strongly.
Namajunas picked up right where she left off at the start of the second round, as she out- boxed the challenger. Andrade knowing that she could not win this fight standing up, desperately rushed her opponent, pinning her against the cage. After the Brazilian managed to lift her opponent up, and slam her down on her head, knocking her clean out, to become the UFC strawweight champion.
Speaking after the fight Andrade said she was not worried, despite getting dominated in the first round. “I was very certain of what I had to do in that second round. I have never thrown that move, I’ve never piledrived in the UFC, that’s my nickname, so I’m very happy to be able to do that. I noticed she was slowing down, and I wanted to knock her out.”
After the fight, Namajunas praised the Brazilian fans, and said that losing the belt had taken pressure off her. “I’m just so taken away by how awesome Brazil is. I didn’t really get to see much, but just seeing all the Brazilians here with their families and they don’t got to travel to stage the fight, just for tonight. It’s pretty cool and touched my heart. So, I love everybody out here. It’s just a huge pressure off my shoulders.”