Here’s Why Rose Namajunas Deserves the Next Title Shot


By Kyler Kuehler

Number four ranked strawweight contender Rose Namajunas put on an astounding performance against number six ranked favorite Michelle Waterson in which she would unleash a fury of strikes upon her and drop her with a vicious head kick only to end the fight with a rear-naked choke giving her the fifth submission victory of her career (6-3-0).

With such a dominating performance against a well-rounded striker like Michelle Waterson has many fans saying that she deserves to get the winner of current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade when these two go head-to-head in the co-main event of UFC 211. Though some still may say it is too early to decide after she just came off a close loss to Polish native and number two ranked, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, I will tell you why she deserves the next crack at the belt.

First off, her combination of kickboxing, taekwondo, Muay Thai, karate, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling have been such a great impact on her performance as she uses all of her combinations to bring down a series of strikes from both her hands and legs causing her opponents to get rocked and eventually fall to the ground where she will begin to lay more striking on them while attempting to grapple them. With all the techniques she brings surely makes her a weapon of destruction that has great potential to threaten the rest of the division.

To break it down more, her ground-and-pound is just phenomenal, as stated before, not only goes to beat her opponents to a bloody pulp but find the weak spot to get the submission hold in and show why she is like the Fabricio Werdum of the strawweights. I mean we have never seen Joanna Jedrzejczyk face a ground specialist like her before and the only one who is right up there with her in that aspect is Jessica Andrade, so who wouldn’t like her to face someone with aggressive speed and striking or a fighter almost identical to herself.

Another reason is the fact that she always progresses to improve her game greatly after a fight and even when she loses she figures out what she did wrong and how to learn from it making her such a great contender of never giving up and possibly getting rematches against her two other losses against Carla Esparza and Karolina Kowalkiewicz (Tecia Torres also beat her, in which she would avenge that loss at UFC on Fox 19).

Though with the new owner’s anyone can get the next shot even if they are not worthy, but hopefully they will see through and realize Namajunas deserves to get another shot at the belt and have her chance to become the star she has hoped to become.