UFC 237: Andrade Slams Namajunas to Title Win

Despite getting dominated in the opening frame of the main event, and a bad night overall for Brazilian fighters at UFC 237, Jessica Andrade stops Rose Namajunas to become the new UFC women’s strawweight champion in front of her native Brazil.

Namajunas started the fight out with feinting, making Andrade miss and connecting with several jabs on the Brazilian challenger, busting up her eye less than a minute into the fight. With blood coming down around Andrade’s right eye, the Brazilian attempted to come after her and slam her, but Namajunas just missed locking in a submission. Andrade attempted to fight back, but Namajunas dropped her once more in a dominant opening round.

Andrade came aggressively after the champ in the second, but Namajunas avoided most of the strikes with sidestepping. Andrade finally pinned Namajunas against the cage in the second round, lifting her up and slamming her on the neck, which knocked Namajunas out, giving Andrade the win and 115-pound championship.

In the co-main event, Jared Cannonier scored a victory over Anderson Silva after a kick to Silva’s right knee sent him down injured.

Another legendary Brazilian champion in Jose Aldo was also defeated on the main card, as he dropped a one-sided decision to Alexander Volkanovski, who likely now aims for a title shot against Max Holloway.

UFC 237 Main card (ESPN+ PPV, 10 p.m. ET)
UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship: Jessica Andrade def. Rose Namajunas via KO (Rd. 2, 2:58)
Middleweight: Anderson Silva def. Jared Cannonier via TKO (Rd. 1, 4:47)
Featherweight: Alexander Volkanovski def. Jose Aldo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Laureano Staropoli def. Thiago Alves via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Women’s Bantamweight: Irene Aldana def. Bethe Correia via submission (armbar) (Rd. 3, 3:24)

UFC 237 Preliminary Card (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET)
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Spann def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via KO (Rd. 1, 2:07)
Lightweight: Thiago Moises def. Kurt Holobaugh via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Warlley Alves def. Sergio Moraes via KO (Rd. 3, 4:13)
Lightweight: Clay Guida def. B.J. Penn via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

UFC 237 Preliminary Card (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Women’s Flyweight: Luana Carolina def. Priscila Cachoeira via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Bantamweight: Raoni Barcelos def. Carlos Huachin via TKO (Rd. 2, 4:49)
Women’s Bantamweight: Viviane Araujo def. Talita Fernando via KO (Rd. 3, 0:48)

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