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#2 Women's Strawweight Division

#5 PFP



Rose Namajunas

Women's Strawweight Division

12-5-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Rose Namajunas

athlete record


Learn more about Rose Namajunas's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Milwaukee, United States
Trains at
Grudge Training Center
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Dec. 12, 2014
Leg reach

Fighter Facts

  • Team Melendez on TUF 20
  • Had 4-0 amateur record with two knockouts
  • Pro since 2013
  • Has won nine of her last 12
  • Six wins by submission (4 RNC, flying armbar, Kimura), two by knockout
  • Five first round finishes
  • Flying armbar win over Kathina Catron in April of 2013 took just 12 seconds
  • Pro debut was win over Emily Kagan
  • Lone pre-UFC loss was via decision to Tecia Torres in July of 2013
  • Fiancé is UFC vet Pat Barry

UFC History
UFC 274
(5/7/22) Namajunas lost a five round split decision to Carla Esparza, losing her UFC women's strawweight title 
UFC 261 (4/24/21) Namajunas knocked out Zhang Weili at 1:18 of the first round to regain the UFC women's strawweight title
UFC 251 (7/12/20) Namajunas won a three round split decision over Jessica Andrade
UFC 237 (5/11/19) Namajunas was knocked out by Jessica Andrade at 2:58 of the second round, losing her UFC women’s strawweight title
UFC 223 (4/7/18) Namajunas won a five round unanimous decision over Joanna Jedrzejczyk to retain the UFC women’s strawweight title
UFC 217 (11/4/17) Namajunas stopped Joanna Jedrzejczyk via strikes at 3:03 of the first round to win the UFC women’s strawweight title
UFC on FOX (4/15/17) Namajunas submitted Michelle Waterson via rear naked choke at 2:47 of the second round
UFC 201 (7/30/16) Namajunas lost a three round split decision to Karolina Kowalkiewicz
UFC on FOX (4/16/16) Namajunas won a three round unanimous decision over Tecia Torres
UFC Fight Night (12/10/15) Namajunas submitted Paige VanZant via rear naked choke at 2:25 of the fifth round
UFC 192 (10/3/15) Namajunas submitted Angela Hill via rear naked choke at 2:47 of the first round
TUF 20 Finale (12/12/14) Namajunas was submitted by Carla Esparza via rear naked choke at 1:26 of the third round in a UFC strawweight title fight

The Ultimate Fighter, Season 20
On episode 12
(Semifinals) Namajunas submitted Randa Markos via Kimura at 2:45 of round one
On episode 11 (Quarterfinals), Namajunas submitted Joanne Calderwood via Kimura in round two
On episode seven, Namajunas submitted Alex Chambers via rear naked choke at 4:38 of the first round



When and why did you start training for fighting?  Martial arts has been a part of my life since I was five. I thought I'd might as well make a living doing something I love. 
What ranks and titles have you held? UFC women’s strawweight champion, Black belt in karate and taekwondo, brown belt in jiu-jitsu and some medals at jiu-jitsu tournaments. 
Do you have any heroes? My mom and my grandmothers 
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? An opportunity of a lifetime. 
What was your job before you started fighting? I worked at Gillies Frozen Custard in high school 
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Two Submission of the Night awards, one of them being a 12-second flying armbar that was Submission of the Year. 
Favorite grappling technique: Any submissions 
Favorite Striking technique: Left hook