A mouthwatering rematch between former champions Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas is in works for UFC 249, which will take place on April 18 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The pair previously fought at UFC 237 in May last year. In this fight, Namajunas was knocked out by Andrade in the second round. Namajunas was dominating the fight early on landing some huge shots, but Andrade weathered the early storm and slammed her to take the victory.
The news about the rematch was first reported by Ariel Helwani of ESPN.
Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade 2 is close to being finalized for UFC 249 on April 18 in Brooklyn, according to multiple sources.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 9, 2020
“Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade 2 is close to being finalized for UFC 249 on April 18 in Brooklyn, according to multiple sources,” Helwani reported on Twitter.
After beating Namajunas, the newly crowned Brazilain fought Chinese MMA star, Weili Zhang and ultimately lost her UFC strawweight crown via first-round KO.
Namajunas hinted at retirement last year
Namajunas hasn’t competed since May of last year. She hinted at retirement last year following her loss to Andrade.
“I just want to do something else with my life right now,” Namajunas told reporters after her fight during the post-fight press conference. “I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m not going to make any decisions right now. I don’t know. It’s just hard to keep having fun with this.”
“I felt a lot of pressure to get back in there,” Namajunas said. “The last fight prior to this one was a lot of emotional baggage and stuff and then juggling a bunch of different things. I’m still super happy that I came here. It was just an honour to challenge myself against Andrade because she’s a beast and stuff.” (H/T- MMA Junkie)
However, six months later she gave an interview to Ariel Helwai where she revealed that she found her passion for martial arts again and was looking to getting back to the octagon again.
“I lost the passion for martial arts and fighting. Mainly for fighting,” Namajunas said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (transcript via MMA News). “I found my passion again. I went back to Minnesota to see one of my coaches from early on in my amateur career — Greg Nelson. He’s just like a huge inspiration for me.”
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