Born in Milwaukee, Rose Namajunas began training martial arts at 5 years old, when she picked up Taekwondo. As she grew up, her martial arts experiences also included karate, jiu-jitsu, and kickboxing. She also took up MMA training under famous trainer Duke Roufus.
After four amateur MMA bouts where she came out on top, including two by knockout, Namajunas began her pro MMA career in Invicta FC. She debuted at Invicta FC 4, on Jan. 5, 2013, defeating Emily Kagan by submission. After three bouts in Invicta, Namajunas took part in the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter, set up to determine the inaugural women’s strawweight champion in the UFC. Namajunas made it to the finals, but ultimately lost the inaugural title bout to Carla Esparza.
After the title loss, Namajunas won four of her next five. Namajunas holds victories over Paige VanZant, Tecia Torres and Michelle Waterson.
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