A focused Rose Namajunas is a dangerous Rose Namajunas, and that's what we saw during her submission stoppage of Michelle Waterson at UFC on Fox 24 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Namajunas had a specific goal in mind for 2017, to become UFC strawweight champion.
That confidence, along with her impressive stoppage of Waterson, was enough for Dana White to proclaim "Thug Rose" the #1 contender for the winner of the upcoming strawweight title fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade. Whether that title opportunity comes to fruition in the immediate future may hinge on how the fight between Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz plays out. Either way, she's right in the thick of things in a competitive division.
For now, Namajunas can sit back with her dog and watch the division play out knowing that she's in a position to achieve her 2017 goal.