Rose Namajunas defeated Jessica Andrade by split decision at UFC 251 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night in a rematch between two of the best fighters in the women’s straw division.
Two judges scored the 29-29 fight in favor of Namajunas and the other judge scored the 29-28 fight in favor of Andrade.
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Namajunas came out swinging in the first two rounds, connecting with quick swipes to Andrade’s face. She finished with 63 blows to the head, 12 blows to the body and seven blows to the legs. She also tried to hit Andrade with a flying knee but failed to make a great connection.
Andrade made Namajunas’ nose bleed and gave him a black eye and always fell short. She logged 31 shots to the head, 25 to the body and 15 to the legs.
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With the victory, Namajunas takes revenge for a defeat of UFC 237 against Andrade in 2019. Andrade won this fight via a knockout that landed Namajunas on his head. Andrade ended this fight with a few punches on the head.
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Namajunas’s victory at UFC 251 may be preparing her for a championship fight against Zhang Weili. Zhang defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 185. She has held the title for 315 days.