Rose Namajunas Forces Joanna Jedrzejczyk To Tap To Strikes


Joanna Jedrzejczyk has been stopped by Rose Namajunas.

The first title bout of UFC 217 featured strawweight title holder Jedrzejczyk putting her gold on the line against Rose Namajunas. The championship match took place inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.

A leg kick from Namajunas got the action started. Jedrzejczyk got hit with a counter right hand off a leg kick. A combination connected for the champion. Namajunas dropped Jedrzejczyk with a right hand, but the champion got back up.

Namajunas got countered with a one-two from Jedrzejczyk. A right hand landed for the challenger. Namajunas dropped Jedrzejczyk again and followed up with ground-and-pound to finish the fight. Namajunas has done it!

While Jedrzejczyk looked to tap due to stikes, the official result was a knockout.

Final Result: Rose Namajunas def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk via knockout (strikes) – R1, 3:03

  • All_Seeing_Eye

    One of those moments that surprises you in MMA.

  • Barry

    Never in doubt. Always knew Rose would expose jj. Tapping out to strikes???

    • steven

      I would be lying if I said I saw that coming. The decisive beatdown for Joanna was inevitable. But I did not expect Rose to be the perpetrator. Many discounted Rose because the momentum and the push she got after the Waterson fight were overdone and undeserved with Hottie being a blown up atomweight who was overmatched out of her weight class. So I, like many, thought that a natural 115 pounder with championship experience/pedigree etc. would be able to overcome Rose. Rose proved us wrong and maybe we have to look at Waterson and her fight with Rose in a different light now. Would anybody want to see Joanna v. Hottie?
      As for the decisiveness of Rose’s victory– I am not surprised. I knew the end would be a shellacking for Joanna because she is a cocky b*tch who does not finish people. Her critics have been demanding for some time now that she shut her mouth, evolve, and start finishing people. What happened here happens in all combat sports when we have a highly regarded champion who is not a finisher and who does not evolve. Eventually they come across a fighter who will not be intimidated…a fighter with the skillset to do the job…a fighter with no fear of being finished. Add all that up and it is usually a one-sided smash job.
      GSP was in a similar place when he “stepped away for a little bit, to take a break.” He evolved. He understood that 5 round wars and grinding affairs at a higher weight class were not in his best interest. He not only got bigger. He got better and came out hunting for a finish…and got the job done.

  • Fester

    The champion underestimated Namajunas…now she is no longer champion.

    Congratulations to Namajunas, although there are a couple of Brazilian ladies who have more than a strong chance of quickly dispossessing her of that title.

  • Amber

    And Rousey’s record remains!!!!!
    Love what Dana said at the post-presser too…….
    So true……