Heading into their rematch at UFC 251, Namajunas said she had lost the first meeting by not being fully invested in the contest. Abu Dhabi is a traditional destination for grappling practitioners. However, when Andrade tried to close distance, Namajunas snapped out her jabs and connected. The first time Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas met, Namajunas controlled the first round. Jessica Andrade via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). This rematch, which Namajunas won via split decision, was an incredible 15-minute scrap. Jessica Andrade will be fighting Rose Namajunas at strawweight (115 lbs.) “I don’t know if [Namajunas] thinks [it was a fluke], but I know she really wants this rematch; she wants to show she’s has gotten better and evolved, that she has what it takes to beat me,” Andrade told MMA Fighting. ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 12: (R-L) Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade of Brazil trade ... [+] punches in their strawweight fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. I expect speed to dominate again, without the funky ending. I believe she’s coming to prove that by fighting me. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. These days I mostly focus on MMA as a contributor to MMAjunkie and now Forbes. #UFC251, — Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) July 12, 2020, Taking @rosenamajunas all day in this one…too well rounded. After a decade of on-line operation BJP has evolved into the most reliable destination for all of your MMA needs. This will be my way of proving I’ve gotten better and I can fight Zhang Weili again.”, UFC Fight Island 6 Results: Ortega vs. Korean Zombie. — Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) July 12, 2020. Who would you like to see Rose Namajunas fight next following her split decision victory over Jessica Andrade at tonight’s UFC 251 event on Fight Island? In the end, Andrade’s comeback fell just short, as only one judge scored the fight in her favor. She used her length to rack up points with her jab and her movement kept Andrade … Andrade vs. Namajunas 2 goes down on the main card portion of UFC 251, scheduled for July 11 in Abu Dhabi, and the Brazilian is “happy and honored” to “give her the same opportunity she gave me.”. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC), EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change. but says that she is ready to fight and would even consider fighting at flyweight (125 lbs.) Will it be Brian Ortega or Chan Sung Jung who emerges as the No. #UFC251 #JessicavsRose, — Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) July 12, 2020, — Eric Albarracin (@CPTdasAmericas) July 12, 2020, Jessica need to find a way to those legs. When Andrade slipped by her, Namajunas smoothly circled back into control. #UFC251, These former champions are not disappointing! If I hadn’t won that way [the win] would have come any other way, the next round, or even the next one. I knew what I had to do in the fight and how it would go down. Any type of knockout. Can Katlyn Chookagian spoil the flyweight debut of former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade? That’s what people love to watch, and that would give me an opportunity to win a bonus as well [laughs]. I was ready for all that. “I changed my entire strategy, changed the way I fight,” Andrade said. For Andrade, who loves to competing with the gi when she’s not in camp for MMA fights, being in Abu Dhabi for a UFC show is special. Since then, Jessica Andrade (20-7 MMA) went on to surrender the belt in her first attempted title defense against Weili Zhang. Rose Namajunas rematches Jessica Andrade at UFC 251 looking for revenge after losing to the Brazilian at UFC UFC 237 in 2019. Many people saw Jessica Andrade’s brutal knockout over Rose Namajunas as a fluke, pure luck. She’s not going after a submission, though. #UFC251, — Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) July 12, 2020, Thug @rosenamajunas dominated every second until the very end last time. Thug rose got that. “I’m still aggressive and strong, but I changed the way I walk, the way I move. She has this desire to get better and win every time she stumbles. Daniel Cormier tells Israel Adesanya to stop picking on Paulo Costa: ‘Paulo Costa’s dead’. “I don’t know what goes inside Rose’s mind, but she has this strength inside of her to prove herself, to evolve after every fight. A rematch between women’s strawweight standouts Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade took place on tonight’s UFC 251 main card. “If it was lucky, she will be able to beat me, and if it wasn’t, I’ll win – and the mutual respect continues.”.