UFC star Rose Namajunas powers through BRUTAL eye and nose wounds to seal revenge over Jessica Andrade in Fight Island battle
- Rose Namajunas suffered some horrific injuries at UFC 251 on Fight Island
- The American sealed revenge against Jessica Andrade after defat 14 months ago
- Namajunas took heavy shots in the final round, sustaining eye and nose injuries
- However, she came through and has now set herself up for another title shot
Rose Namajunas may have looked like the losing fighter after her UFC 251 clash with Jessica Andrade but it was the American’s hand that was raised on Saturday night.
Namajunas’ conducted her post-fight interviews on Fight Island in the UAE seemingly unbothered by the brutal gouges on her nose, while the 28-year-old’s puffy, black and blue eye remained clamped shut.
She will count the injuries as worthwhile necessities though, having dominated the opening two rounds before Andrade’s offensive in the third left Namajunas bloodied and bruised in the bout voted Match of the Night.
Rose Namajunas was badly beaten-up in her UFC 251 revenge victory over Jessica Andrade
Namajunas’ win came 14 months after defeat to the Brazilian, and she’d been out the ring since
The 28-year-old American could no have earned a title shot against champion Weili Zhang
The former stawweight champion was handed a 29-28 victory on two judges scorecards, sealing revenge after losing to the Brazilian by second round knockout 14 months ago.
‘I was just in the right state of mind,’ Namajunas said. ‘That’s everything. Early on in the fight, I was doing great.
‘Then I think she hit the desperation button and started really unloading. She caught me a couple of times, but I just stayed strong.’
The brutal injuries brought back memories of the Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang’s March fight
Namajunas was able to conduct her post-fight interviews barely noticing the gouges
Namajunas’ injuries brought back memories of Joanna Jedrzejczyk and the division’s champion Zhang Weili’s bout in March, when both fighters were left severely disfigured after a slug-fest which had even hardened MMA fans wincing.
Namajunas’ win sets her up for a shot at winning the title back with a potential fight with Weili, but will first have to recover from her gruesome wounds.