After being on the sidelines for what will be more than a year, Rose Namajunas will put her women’s strawweight title on the line at UFC 237 in May.
Namajunas (8-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) will defend her belt against Jessica Andrade (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) in hostile territory in Andrade’s home country of Brazil. It will be Namajunas’ second title defense, as well as Andrade’s second shot at a UFC title.
MMAjunkie confirmed the news with a person with knowledge of the booking following an initial report from ESPN.com, which cited UFC President Dana White. The person asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matchup.
UFC 237 takes place May 11, reportedly in Brazil – though a precise city and venue have not yet been announced. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims likely on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
Namajunas won the strawweight title with a first-round TKO of long-reigning champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217 in November 2017. Jedrzejczyk got an immediate rematch at UFC 223 this past April, but once again came up short against Namajunas, who won a unanimous decision in the second go-’round.
That gave Namajunas three straight wins, including a submission of Michelle Waterson that got her a title shot. Overall, the champ has won six of her past seven fights and has three bonuses in that stretch.
Andrade currently is riding her third three-fight winning streak as a member of the UFC. After a loss to Jedrzejczyk in a title fight at UFC 211, she has rattled off decision wins over Claudi Gadelha and Tecia Torres. And at UFC 228 this past September, she knocked out Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the first round to win a $50,000 bonus.
Andrade is 6-1 since moving from bantamweight all the way down to 115 pounds. Her only loss since the drop is to Jedrzejczyk, and she four bonuses in that run.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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