ByKel Dansby, writer at
Kel Dansby

spent months seeing the opportunities Waterson was provided by new UFC owners WME-IMG. Those things don't go unseen, and for a sport where punching someone else is encouraged, even the smallest advantages an opponent is given can be used as motivation.

Rose's mean streak, whether due to the opportunities given to Waterson or not, was evident early on. Waterson was able to land a solid hip toss in the first round, but after that, it was all "Thug" Rose Namajunas.

Namajunas landed tough strikes to end the first round and took that momentum into the second round where she dominated Waterson in all aspects.

The beginning of the end was spelled when Rose landed a head kick early in the 2nd round, flooring . The ensuing scramble led to ground and pound, then the fight ending rear-naked choke.

This victory immediately boosts Namajunas into title contention, but for Waterson, it slows any momentum she built during her recent media run.


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