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Back at #UFC201, "Thug" Rose Namajunas' quick rise to the top was stopped dead in its tracks by undefeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

After stacking up three wins straight, including a violent dismantling of Paige VanZant and ending Tecia Torres' seven-fight win streak, fan-favorite #ThugRose was in all the conversations to fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the UFC women's strawweight title. That was until—like some sort of eastern European, video game mini-boss—she met another polish fighter.

Former KSW women's flyweight champion Kowalkiewicz, would walk into UFC 201 against Namajunas on a nine-fight win streak. Both ladies would be fighting to prevent the same flip-flop in rankings that seems to be prevalent in both female divisions in the UFC. The title shot was right there for both of them that night in Atlanta back in July.

Unfortunately, after three rounds where each fighter had their moments, Namajunas was "out-thugged" by Kowalkiewicz. Namajunas got clinched up and kneed, eventually giving up a split decision.

The "Polish Princess" Kowalkiewicz will ride into #UFC205 undefeated, leaving ten other bodies behind. She will fight against arguably the "Polish Queen" a.k.a. "115lb Lady Condit" or just simply Joanna Violence for the UFC strawweight title.

Check out the entire fight between Thug Rose and the #PolishPrincess from UFC 201 below.