Rose Namajunas aka ‘Thug Rose’ is a great tale in hard work and confident calm amidst the storm. Her ever-improving striking under the tutelage of Duke Roufus. And now Trevor Wittman is what has made the difference in going from young and exciting prospect to young and exciting champion.
Here I break down her ‘3S’ approach to success; Striking, Scrambles, Submissions. Her cerebral and calculated chaos has been not only fun to watch. But also a handful for her opponents, losing only once via submission, and twice by decision in her career.
Thug Rose Namajunas recently faced the SW Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217. She came in as a big underdog against the undefeated champion. There was certainly a smell of bullying in the air leading up to the fight and an almost odd and stoic response to JJ’s ways by Rose amidst it all.
However, Namajunas upset the MMA world when she knocked Jedrzejczyk down, once behind the ear and then again with a left hand. She won the fight by TKO in first round to be crowned the new UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. This win earned Namajunas her second Performance of the Night bonus. This was Namajunas’ first knockout victory in her professional career and is already considered one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.
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Martial Arts since single digits, traditional martial arts victim turned advocate. I’ve trained with and learned from some of the best in the world, including Master Renzo Gracie, John Danaher, Ajarn Phil Nurse, and Henri Hooft…now it’s my turn to share back. Just a humble and strikingly beautiful man, well maybe not all that humble 🙂