Rose Namajunas is a former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. She joined the organization as part of the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter.
She was born on June 29, 1992, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Lithuanian parents.
Rose started practicing taekwondo (one of the most systematic traditional martial arts) at 5 years old.
At age 9, she was a black belt in taekwondo.
During high school, Namajunas started training in mixed martial arts and kickboxing with Duke Roufus, the head coach of the Roufusport competition team based in Milwaukee.
In 2010, she began competing in MMA as an amateur.
On January 5, 2013, Namajunas made her professional debut against Emily Kagan at Invicta FC 4. She won via submission in round three.
On April 5, 2013, Rose faced Kathina Catron at Invicta FC 5. Namajunas won the fight by submission.
On July 13, 2013, she fought Tecia Torres at Invicta FC 6. Rose lost the fight by unanimous decision.
The Ultimate Fighter
On December 11, 2013, she signed with the UFC.
In her first fight, Namajunas defeated Alex Chambers by submission. Then, she faced Joanne Calderwood. Namajunas won the fight via kimura in the 2nd round. After, she faced Randa Markos. Rose won the fight in the first round.
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Ultimate Fighting Championship
On December 12, 2014, she lost the fight vs Carla Esparza at The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale.
On October 3, 2015, Rose fought Angela Hill at UFC 192. She submitted Angela Hill in the first round.
On December 10, 2015, she fought Paige VanZant in the main event of UFC Fight Night 80. Namajunas won the fight midway through the 5th round via submission.
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On April 16, 2016, Rose fought Tecia Torres at UFC on Fox 19. Namajunas won the fight by unanimous decision.
On July 30, 2016, she fought Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 201. Karolina defeated Rose via split decision.
On April 15, 2017, Rose fought Michelle Waterson at UFC on Fox 24. She won by submission due to a rear-naked choke in round 2.
On November 4, 2017, Rose fought Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 217. Namajunas defeated Joanna Jędrzejczyk, a former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. Jędrzejczyk lost the bout via TKO in the 1st round, marking her 1st professional loss in mixed martial arts competition.
Defending Her Title
On April 7, 2018, she faced Joanna in a rematch to defend her title. The fight took place at UFC 223. Namajunas won the fight by unanimous decision.
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During an interview, after the match, Rose declared:
“The lead-up to the second fight was stressful, just because rematches are always difficult and it was a totally different build-up.”
In a different interview, Rose said:
“I think I answered all the questions to be answered. She did have a weight cut issue the first time, but the plan was to go in there and finish her the second time.”
Namajunas went on to say:
”I think I could have done a little bit better, but overall I’m proud of my performance.”
Joanna Jędrzejczyk responded:
“No way I’ll say Rose is the best. Maybe you beat me, you’re the champion and you won.”
”But your legacy isn’t that big. You should bow down, because I am the queen.”
Pat Barry, Rose’s fiancée said:
“No, we know Rose is a better fighter. She beat her twice. There’s no discussion. There’s no discussion. If Joanna is the better fighter, she’d be the champ right now.”
Barry later added:
”But she’s not. Rose is. She knocked her out, and then she beat her ass for five rounds.”
On May 11, 2019, Rose faced Jéssica Andrade (a Brazilian mixed martial artist who is signed to the UFC) to defend her title for the second time, at UFC 237. Despite dominating the fight, Namajunas lost the fight by KO in the second round.
After the fight, Namajunas declared:
”Just a little mentally tired in there and it’s been such a long training camp, it’s been such a long year and it was a bit much.”
”So I just kind of lost interest in being here.”
Later, Rose hinted that she thinks of retirement.
On July 12, 2020, she won a match vs Jéssica Andrade via split decision.
Rose Namajunas got engaged to Pat Barry, a former UFC fighter.
They met while Pat was training, and out of the blue, Namajunas comes over and punches him in the side of the face.
Stunned, Barry turned to look at Rose. She said – “You’re Pat Barry, right?” Pat replied – “I am.” Rose added – “Well, you should have seen that coming.”
Note – Pat Barry is an American kickboxer who cited Mike Tyson as one of his main inspirations and heroes for fighting. On December 15, 2012, Pat scored a UFC Knockout of the Night against Shane del Rosario. Barry retired from MMA in late 2013.
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During a recent interview, Rose said about Barry:
“I just love this guy. We’ve been bouncing around a lot, I never had a place to call home. I have a home now, not just an actual house, but my coaches and this guy.”
When asked about her long-term goals after she retires, Rose responded:
”After fighting I’d love to teach any martial arts I learned or sports I’ve played.”
Namajunas later added:
”I also have a love for nature and animals. If I had a farm or cottage that would be a dream come true.”
Rose has said that her father suffered from schizophrenia (a mental illness that is characterized by a decreased capacity to understand reality), which led to hardships and complications during her youth.
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Rose Namajunas – Net Worth
Namajunas earned most of her wealth from being a professional fighter. In addition, Rose earns money from sponsors. For instance, Rose is sponsored by Reebok. After she signed with Reebok, the Ultimate Fighting Championship winner declared – “As one of the leading brands in combat sports, I was immediately drawn to Reebok and flattered to represent the brand.”
She also has a YouTube channel with over 60,000 subscribers and an Instagram account with more than 1.5 million followers. Therefore, Rose Namajunas has an estimated net worth of $1 million.
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