This is one of the biggest tests in Rose Namajunas’ career. While she has faced tough opponents before, this is her first time defending the Strawweight Title agianst someone not named Joanna. Add in the fact that she is in enemy territory, “Thug” Rose will be dealing with plenty of adversity.
Rose’s (8-3) overall ability comes from her ground game, which can lead to a submission (5 wins) or some method of ground and pound. Her calm demeanor makes Rose unpredictable, something that can be deadly for any fighter.
On a three-fight win streak, Jessica Andrade (19-6) has returned back to contending glory. The Brazilian has the hometown crowd factor and an overall complete game. Andrade six wins via knockout and seven via submission. A true brawler, Andrade’s style can create some interesting situations against a grounded Namajunas.
– Not seeing Anderson Silva main eventing a show, especially in Brazil, is a sight to behold. Now at 44, Silva’s (34-9, 1 NC) best days seem to be behind him, but he won’t go out without a fight. He faces Jared Cannonier, someone who is 2-2 in his last four fights. Cannonier (11-4) has six wins via knockout, making him dangerous for the slower Silva. Something to take into consideration, however, is how different Silva looked in his fight with Israel Adesanya.
Now 1-5 in his last seven fights with one no-contest, Silva is out to prove his striking ability is still the best, while Cannonier is trying to become a true contender at middleweight early on in his career.
UFC Strawweight championship: Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade
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