What’s Next For ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas?

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‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas made her return to the UFC octagon where she successfully defended her title against Weili Zhang. This was a great fight where Namajunas showed her abilities both on the feet and on the ground. Putting on a clinic for her first title defense this go around. But this brought many to question what is next for Namajunas? She has beaten most of the big names in her division and has faced and beaten all of the divisions’ former champions besides Carla Esparza.

Namajunas made her way to the UFC in 2014 when she fought for a title on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter. She was ranked 7th on the show and would earn her spot to the final fight of the season where she faced Carla Esparza. Namajunas has gone on to have an excellent career in the UFC where she’s had two stints as champion.

Namajunas really has two options I think most fans would love to see. The first one I think that makes sense is another rematch with former Strawweight Champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Rose has beaten Jędrzejczyk twice already but Jędrzejczyk is one of the best Strawweights of all time. I think it’d be great to see a third fight.  Jędrzejczyk has been removed from the rankings at the current moment, but said she was waiting to face the winner of the Strawweight Championship at UFC 268. Namajunas won so I think they could definitely make this fight.

The other option for Namajunas in my opinion would be a rematch against Carla Esparza. Esparza is coming off a victory to Yan Xiaonan at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt in May of 2021. Esparza is on a five fight win streak and is often talked about as one of the best Strawweights of all time. Esparza Won the inaugural UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship and also Won The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 in 2014.   Esparza lost the title to Jędrzejczyk in her next fight. This would be a great match between a current champion and a former champion. I think the fans would love to see it too. 

Dana White and the UFC matchmakers do a great job making fights. I think Namajunas with the excellent coaching of Trevor Wittman will definitely have a way longer reign than her first time as champion. She’s a truly inspirational fighter who believes they are the best then puts on dominant performances that prove she’s the best.  We will have to wait and see what is next!





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Kamaru Usman will face Colby Covington at UFC 268 in a rematch of their 2019 fight which was Usman’s first title defense. Usman will again be defending the 170 pound title at UFC 268 the world will be watching as these two great wrestlers face off in the UFC Octagon at Madison Square Garden. But what makes the welterweight champion and #1 pound for pound ranked fighter is his story and how he got to the UFC. 

Usman was born May 11, 1987 in Auchi, Nigeria to his parents who were both of Nigerian descent. His father was in the Nigerian army and his mother was a teacher. Usman’s father would eventually become a Pharmacist and would move his family to the US when Usman was eight years old. This would get Usman an American education.

During his sophomore year Usman would begin wrestling at Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. It would be a start of something special for young Usman who ended up with a 53–3 record and would place third at the Texas State Wrestling Championships. Usman who is the same age as Jon Jones would wrestle besides the future Light Heavyweight champion at the Senior National Tournament.

 Usman would go on to wrestle in college at William Penn University. Usman would later transfer to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Usman would place top 3 in wrestling in the country in all his years at UNK. Usman would become a NCAA Division II national champion at 174 pounds in 2010 in Omaha. After College Usman decided to pursue Olympic Wrestling but decided not to take part after injuries derailed his dreams.

This led Usman to pursue MMA. In 2011 Usman made his first step into the MMA world when he served as the wrestling coach for Team Miller during The Ultimate Fighter season fourteen. Usman made his professional MMA debut in November of 2012 fighting for the RFA promotion he won by TKO (punches.) Usman would lose his next fight, and would fight for more times in smaller promotions and would then make his way to the UFC. He’d end up in the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter. Usman would win the show and it would be his first win in the promotion.

After The Ultimate Fighter, Usman went on a serious run, dominating the Welterweight Division. Beating fighters like Leon Edwards, Demian Maia, and Rafael dos Anjos. This would earn Usman a title shot, where he would face defending Welterweight Champion, Tyron Woodley. Usman would win by Unanimous decision. Since then Usman has defended the Welterweight Championship 4 times once against Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns and twice against Jorge Masvidal. Usman will be facing Colby Covington in a rematch at Madison Square Garden as the main event of UFC 268.

What makes Usman’s story all the more amazing is that when Usman was doing all of these amazing things in the cage, he had turmoil at home. His father was in Jail for most of his run due to a health care fraud and money laundering scheme. Usman’s father is now out of jail and has seen his son fight. Usman recently bought his parents a nice home for them to retire in.

We shall see if Usman retains his title after UFC 268 it is sure to be a great fight, and it should be interesting because Usman and Covington don’t really like each other which adds so much drama to the fight. We shall see!






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Rose Namajunas put a beatdown on former UFC Strawweight Paige VanZant (PA)

Rose Namajunas will make her return to the UFC Octagon on Saturday November 6th in Madison Square Garden in an immediate rematch to her last opponent, former Strawweight Champion, Zhang Weili. This fight is sure to be an insane matchup as Namajunas is a skilled fighter in the cage, but also because Namajunas and Weili have exchanged verbal barbs in the past. But Namajunas has the ability to back up what she says in the Octagon being a two time Strawweight Champion herself. 

Namajunas was born on June 29, 1992  in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Namajunas is of Lithuanian origin and both her parents moved to the United States the year before Namajunas was born. Namajunas had a tough upbringing in one of Milwaukee’s worst neighborhoods where she regularly witnessed violence. Namajunas got her start in Martial Arts at a young age starting with taekwondo. Namajunas would go on to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Karate, and MMA.  Namajunas got her nickname “Thug Rose” during her teenage years as Namajunas was their only white friend and was the toughest among them.  Namajunas would graduate from Milwaukee High School of the Arts where she ran cross country and wrestled.

After High School Namajunas started competing in MMA. She would start out with a 4-0 record which led her to Invicta FC. She’d make her professional and promotional debut at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt in January of 2013 against future UFC Strawweight Emily Kagan. Namajunas secured the victory via Submission (rear-naked choke.) She’d fight twice again for the promotion including a loss to future Strawweight Tecia Torres.

In 2013 it was announced that The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 would crown the Champion of their new Strawweight division. Namajunas went into the Ultimate fighter house ranked 7th. She’d faced Alex Chambers on the show first she’d win by Submission (rear-naked choke.) She’d then face Joanne Calderwood in the quarterfinal round she’d win by Submission (kimura.) In the semifinal she’d face Randa Markos she’d win again by Submission (kimura.) This brought Namajunas to the finals of the show where she faced Carla Esparza for the Strawweight belt. Unfortunately for Namajunas Esparza would win by Submission (rear-naked choke) although she had lost she’d get back to fighting.

Namajunas would get her first fight off the show in 2015 where she faced Angela Hill at UFC 192 she’d win by Submission (rear-naked choke.) She’d then secure wins against Paige VanZant and Tecia Torres. She’d then lose a decision to Karolina Kowalkiewicz by Split Decision. In her next fight she’d win against Michelle Waterson she’d win by Submission (rear-naked choke.)

In 2017 Namajunas would get her shot at the title again. She’d face Joanna Jędrzejczyk for the Strawweight title. It was quite the fight with Namajunas winning by TKO. Namajunas would then face Jędrzejczyk again Namajunas would successfully defend her title. In her next fight Namajunas faced Jéssica Andrade; she’d unfortunately lose the title to Andrade. She’d get a rematch with Andrade at UFC 251 which she won. This would earn Namajunas another title shot at UFC 261 Namajunas faced off against Weili and won the Strawweight title back.

Namajunas will defend her Strawweight title on November 6th. It should be an awesome fight. Hopefully Namajunas defends her belt.  Namajunas’ life is an amazing story of what it takes to be an awesome fighter and never giving up after tough losses.






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Justin Gaethje will make his return to the UFC Octagon on Saturday against Michael Chandler. It will be Gaethje’s first fight in over a year. Gaethje  will be cornered by Trevor Whitman and will be the first of three of Whitman’s top level fighters fighting that evening. It will be good to see the Former interim Lightweight Champion fight against top level contenders like Chandler, and Gaethje hopes to out wrestle Chandler and put his last fight, a loss to UFC Lightweight Great Khabib Nurmagomedov behind him.

Gaethje was born in Safford Arizona on November 14, 1988 to Carolina and John Ray Gaethje. Gaethje is of German and Mexican descent. Gaethje is one of four children and happens to have a twin brother. Fighting is in Gaethje’s blood; his Grandfather on his father’s side boxed while enlisted in The U.S. Army.

Gaethje started wrestling at the age of four he’d wrestle all through High School and College. In High School Gaethje excelled at wrestling becoming a four-time finalist and two-time state champion. He’d go on to wrestle in college at University of Northern Colorado. He’d go on to do very well in his collegiate career which led him to get inducted into the University of Northern Colorado Athletics Hall of Fame.

Gaethje would start MMA while in college he said of his first experiences with MMA in an interview  with SB Nation’s Bloody elbow “I started wrestling at 4 years old. It was never a dream of mine but I knew I always wanted to compete in something. When I was wrestling in college I took 7 amateur fights without ever being in a street fight, without sparring, without even training MMA. I won those and then decided to find a gym and turn pro” 

Gaethje Would turn pro on  August 20, 2011 when he would fight Kevin Croomat at ROF 41: Bragging Rights. Gaethje would win by KO in the first round. After a few more fights with that promotion he then moved on to the Rage in the Cage promotion. He’d win his three fights with the promotion winning once by submission, once by KO, and once by TKO.  

Gaethje would then move on to the World Series of Fighting promotion. He’d win his first three fights which led him to the inaugural World series of Fighting Lightweight Championship. He’d win the title against Richard Patishnock by TKO (punches and elbows.) He’d defend that title five times which would lead Gaethje to be one of the biggest free agent signings to the UFC ever.

Gaethje Would make his UFC debut against Michael Johnson on July 7, 2017. He’d win by TKO (punches and knees.)  This would lead Gaethje to fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218. Alvarez would win by KO (Knee.) This would lead Gaethje to the biggest challenge of his career thus far and that was future interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier. He’d lose by TKO but Gaethje was down but not out he’d go on to win his next four fights including an Interim Title fight against Tony Ferguson. He’d go on to try to unify that title against undisputed Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He unfortunately wast able to beat the Lightweight G.O.A.T.

Gaethje will make his return to the UFC octagon on November sixth. He will be facing Michael Chandler, and hopefully with a win will cement a title shot with the winner of Oliviera vs Poirier at UFC 269.