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Other names
Thug, The Riveter

Rose Namajunas

52 kg

65.0 in (165 cm)


1.65 m

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June 29, 1992 (age 29) Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S (

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo

Fighting out of
Arvada, Colorado, United States

Pat Barry (kickboxer), Jéssica Andrade, Valentina Shevchenko (fighter)


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Rose Gertrude Namajunas ( ; born June 29, 1992) is an American mixed martial artist who is currently competing in the women's strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of July 25, 2017, she is #3 in the official UFC Strawweight rankings.


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Early life

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Namajunas started practicing Taekwondo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the age of 5. She earned her poom belt (junior black belt) at age 9. After that, she went on doing both Karate and jiu-jitsu. At age of 16, In high school, she started training kickboxing and Mixed martial arts with Duke Roufus at Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and she was also a senior-year wrestler at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.

Early career

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Namajunas began competing in MMA as an amateur in 2010. She racked up a perfect amateur record of 4-0 with 2 wins by TKO and 2 by decision. Both of the finishes came in the first round.

Invicta Fighting Championship

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She made her pro debut against Emily Kagan at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt on January 5, 2013. After two back-and-forth rounds, Namajunas was able to secure the victory via submission due to a rear-naked choke in round three. The victory in her pro debut also earned her the Submission of the Night bonus.

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In her second professional appearance, Namajunas faced Kathina Catron at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013. She won the fight by submission due to a flying armbar just 12 seconds into the first round. This performance garnered Namajunas her second Submission of the Night award.

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Namajunas fought fellow undefeated prospect Tecia Torres at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on July 13, 2013. Namajunas lost the fight by unanimous decision.

The Ultimate Fighter

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On December 11, 2013, it was announced that Namajunas was signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) along with 10 other strawweight fighters to compete on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, which will crown the first-ever UFC strawweight champion.

Namajunas was the fourth pick by coach Gilbert Melendez. She defeated Alex Chambers by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the preliminary round of the tournament.

In the quarter-finals, Namajunas faced Joanne Calderwood. She won the fight via kimura in the second round.

In the semi-finals, Namajunas faced Randa Markos. She again won the fight via kimura in the first round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Namajunas faced Carla Esparza at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale on December 12, 2014 for the vacant UFC Strawweight Championship. Namajunas lost the fight as she was submitted via rear-naked choke in the third round.

Despite losing in the finale, Namajunas was awarded two season $25,000 bonus awards for Performance of the Season and Fight of the Season for her bout with Joanne Calderwood.

Namajunas was expected to face Nina Ansaroff on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187. Prior to the fight, Ansaroff missed weight by 4 pounds and was fined 20 percent of her fight purse. However a couple of hours before the fights started, the bout was scrapped due to Ansaroff being ill and having to pull out. Despite the fact that the fight couldn't take place, Namajunas was still paid her full fight purse (show- and win money) regardless. MMA media reported that it was possible that the fight could be rescheduled for later in 2015.

She faced Angela Hill on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192. She won the fight by technical submission due to a standing rear-naked choke in the first round.

Namajunas fought Paige VanZant on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80, replacing an injured Joanne Calderwood. She dominated VanZant throughout the fight, out-striking her consistently and landing eight takedowns. She attempted three submissions, two arm bars and a rear naked choke, before she won the fight half way through the fifth round via submission due to a rear naked choke. The win also earned Namajunas her first Performance of the Night bonus award.

Namajunas faced, the still undefeated, Tecia Torres in a rematch on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19. She won the fight via unanimous decision.

On July 30, 2016, Namajunas fought Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 201. Kowalkiewicz defeated Namajunas via split decision. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.

Namajunas faced Michelle Waterson on April 15, 2017 at UFC on Fox 24. She dropped Waterson with a head kick, and won by submission due to a rear-naked choke in round 2, marking the 5th submission finish in her career.

Fighting style

Namajunas utilizes forward movement while pressuring opponents with jabs and high kicks. During her fight at Invicta FC 6, she directed a series of axe kicks, front kicks, and forward roundhouse kicks to her opponent's head. After closing the distance, she will sometimes attempt to grapple and execute a submission.

Personal life

Namajunas is the fiancée and training partner of Glory and former UFC heavyweight Pat Barry.

She is of Lithuanian descent.

Mixed martial arts

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned (Runner-Up)
  • TUF 20 Fight of the Season vs. Joanne Calderwood
  • TUF 20 Performance of the Season
  • Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Paige VanZant
  • Invicta FC
  • Submission of the Night (Two times) vs. Emily Kagan, Kathina Catron
  • Bleacher Report
  • 2013 WMMA Fight of the Year vs. Tecia Torres on July 13
  • 2013 WMMA Submission of the Year vs. Kathina Catron on April 5
  • References

    Rose Namajunas Wikipedia