'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.
Thug holds on to the kimura trap and this time Andrade drops her on her head and KOs her. The kimura almost won her the fight earlier, and her holding onto this time cost her the fight. MMA is harsh and unforgiving. #ufc237pic.twitter.com/tC7PAKdUk7— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) May 12, 2019
Slams can win fights, we forget sometimes! Andrade is tough as she is powerful.— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) May 12, 2019
Andrade was getting peppered by Namajunus and then Andrade picked her up and slammed Namajunas’ head on the canvas!!!! Goodnight! #UFC237— Jaime Motta (@MottaJaime) May 12, 2019
What did I just see? Andrade was getting thoroughly dominated from the beginning. One slam and we have a new champion. pic.twitter.com/8aUe7Sejjx— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) May 12, 2019
Wow, I don’t think anyone saw that coming, Rose had her number in the striking and was more technical on the ground but holy shit don’t let Andrade pick your ass up. #UFC237— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) May 12, 2019
in all seriousness, Rose was whooping Andrade's ass bad and handled that loss like a goddamn Champion. i wouldnt pick against her if they fought again. #UFC237— MacMally🍀 (@MacMallyMMA) May 12, 2019
Takeaways from Andrade's win over Rose - Rose's neck problems are no longer resolved- Andrade Lawler'd Rose (even more props to Askren for surviving)- Rose is still a Thug to me #UFC237— Sascha Alexander (@Sascha_pm) May 12, 2019
Wow. Jessica Andrade was being comprehensively beaten by Rose Namajunas, then turned the fight - and the champion - upside down with a huge slam that knocked out Rose. We have a new strawweight champion. #UFC237— Simon Head (@simonhead) May 12, 2019
Thank god Rose is ok! I was really nervous watching that. The neck stuff freaks me out especially being a victim of neck injuries as well. #UFC237— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) 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