Rose Namajunas talks trio for her first title defense.
Rose Namajunas, after shocking the world and knocking out undefeated UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk this past November at UFC 217, has been named ESPN’s 2017 MMA Fighter of the Year.
At the moment, Namajunas has no a shortage of worthy opponent on the horizon. Which include former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk who enter in their bout at UFC 217 with heavy favorite, with a 14-0 record-not only that she was aiming to tie Ronda Rousey’s record for the most successful UFC title defenses by a female fighter.
Previously, Thug Rose was hesitant to offer a rematch with Jedrzejczyk which made the most sense for her first title defense, but she is still open to an option. Moreover, her main priority is to find an opponent who frightens her the most.
She was speaking to Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour:
“For me, who is the scariest person that I could fight, I think that would be cool,” “To me, what sticks out as of right now is Jessica Andrade, but at the same time, a rematch with Joanna would be great too. I don’t know. The three options right now would be Joanna or the winner of Jessica Andrade vs. Tecia (Torres).”
Jessica Andrade has won four of her last five with her only defeat coming at the hands of Jedrzejczyk. while Tecia Torres defeated Namajunas back in 2013 in the Invicta FC promotion. Namajunas face Torres in a rematch in April of 2016 and won the bout via unanimous decision to handed Torres first loss of her career.
Thug Rose Namajunas has yet to set a timetable for her next fight.
“We’re still trying to get together with a specific plan,” Namajunas said. “We don’t have any fight lined up or anything like that. But I think that now holidays are over with, all the craziness is done with, I’ll be getting back in the gym and start training and stuff like that, and hopefully we’ll have some more solid news coming up soon. Right now there’s still a lot of things that I need to take care of business-wise and everything like that.”
“Joanna, she was like the most dominant female, she was on her way to becoming bigger than Ronda in terms of her accomplishments. So to me, it’s just a testament to how great she was and the fact that I beat her, that’s just awesome. I don’t think that people were necessarily sleeping on me, I just think that she was definitely very impressive.”
Who do you want to see Rose Namjunas fight next in her first title defense?