In the strawweight bout that happened last night, we saw Rose Namajunas going down to Jessica Andrade. And she went down in a vicious way. After dominating the first round, Rose Namajunas found herself on the other end of Andrade’s Brazilian signature slam which rendered her unconscious in the second round. Andrade’s nickname as well, ‘Bate Estaca’, means piledriver. It was a terrific knockout, and it was so terrifying that it had many concerned whether or not Rose was fine.
However, one individual understands how Rose Namajunas feels as of this moment, and it is her old foe Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Joanna is often referred to as the greatest strawweight in the sport’s history. She as well faced the same loss against Rose herself, not very long ago at UFC 217 event. In the rematch, Rose was able to narrowly out-strike the former champion in their fight.
Watching her strawweight rival vanquisher knocked out, Jedrzejczyk could have chosen to gloat: she, after all, beat the brakes off Andrade for five rounds. But Joanna had nothing but encouragement for the woman who beat her twice –
— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) May 12, 2019
Namajunas may not choose to continue fighting. After opting to defend her championship against her hardest opponent on enemy territory, she described losing the championship as a great weight off her shoulders.