'MMA is harsh & unforgiving': Rose Namajunas gets KOd by Jessica Andrade via huge slam at UFC 237
Despite the quick and dominant beginning by Namajunas, who controlled her opponent for the first five minutes of the fight, Andrade was able to perfectly take advantage of her chance.
Two minutes into the second round, she lifted up the American and slammed Namajunas onto her head, knocking out cold the now-former strawweight champ.
Andrade thus recorded her fourth straight Octagon victory and became the UFC's third Brazilian female champion.
Namajunas suffered her first defeat since 2016, when she lost in a split decision to Poland's Karolina Kowalkiewicz. This also was her first career KO loss.
MMA is a harsh and unforgiving sport, as they say. Here are some of the best reactions to the fight by MMA pros, journalists, and fans.
Slams can win fights, we forget sometimes! Andrade is tough as she is powerful.— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) May 12, 2019
Jessica Andrade has now surpassed Amanda Nunes for the most wins among women in UFC history (11), per ESPN Stats & Info. That was only the fourth title fight in UFC history to end in a slam knockout. Andrade has four finishes at 115 pounds, tying... https://t.co/cNqXVxMLFw— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) May 12, 2019
When Rose goes for the armbar she has a choice to either let go of the armbar or try and hold onto it and go for the ride that Andrade is going to put on her. There is no illegal slam when a submission is being attempted. It does not matter how she brings her down #AskBJMhttps://t.co/eBgvzcdZBY— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) May 12, 2019