UFC star Rose Namajunas shoots through BRUTAL eye and nose wounds to get revenge on Jessica Andrade in Fight Island fight
- Rose Namajunas sustained horrific injuries at UFC 251 on Fight Island
- The American retaliated against Jessica Andrade after a defeat more than a year ago
- Namajunas made heavy shots in the last round, sustaining eye and nose injuries
- However, she came through and is now preparing for a new title recording
Rose Namajunas may have looked like the losing hunter after her UFC 251 clash with Jessica Andrade, but it was the American’s hand that was thrown up Saturday night.
Namajunas’ conducted her post-fight interviews on Fight Island in the UAE, seemingly unaffected by the relentless gouges on her nose, while the 28-year-old’s puffy, black and blue eye remained clamped.
However, she will consider the injuries valuable assets as she dominated the first two rounds before Andrade’s third round offensive bled and bruised Namajunas in the match-named match of the night.
Rose Namajunas was severely beaten in her UFC 251 revenge victory over Jessica Andrade
Namajunas’ victory came 14 months after the defeat to the Brazilian and since then she has been out of the ring
The 28-year-old American could not have earned a title shot against champion Weili Zhang
The former straw weight champion won 29-28 on the scorecards of two judges, sealing the revenge after losing to the Brazilian 14 months ago in a second round knockout.
“I was just in the right frame of mind,” said Namajunas. ‘That’s all. I did great early in the fight.
“Then I think she pushed the despair button and really started unloading. She caught me a few times, but I just stayed strong. ‘
The brutal injuries brought back memories of Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang’s battle in March
Namajunas was able to conduct her post-fight interviews, barely noticing the grooves
Namajunas’ injuries brought back memories of Joanna Jedrzejczyk and the division champion Zhang Weili’s championship in March, when both fighters became severely disfigured after a brawl that even shook hardened MMA fans.
Namajunas’ victory prepares her for a chance to regain the title with a possible fight with Weili, but will have to recover from her horrific wounds first.