Ex-Champion Rose Namajunas expected to remain sidelined: ‘UFC said she’s maybe out for a while’

Rose Namajunas set to remain sidelined from the UFC

Former two-time undisputed strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas is set for a continued spell away from the Octagon according to contender, Yan Xiaonan – who claims the UFC confirmed to her that the Wisconsin native will remain away from active competition.

Namajunas, the current #2 ranked strawweight contender, most recently featured in the co-main event of UFC 274 against former two-time champion, Carla Esparza, dropping her championship in a forgettable split decision title rematch in Phoenix, Arizona.

The loss snapped Rose Namajunas’ run of three consecutive victories, which included a rematch judging win over former titleholder, Jessica Andrade –  as well as a title-clinching high kick KO win over Zhang Weili, before an immediate title rematch win over the Chinese striker. 

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Rose Namajunas is expected to remain sidelined

Dropping her championship spoils to the above-mentioned, Esparza last year, Namajunas, a staple under the tutelage of both ONX Labs trainee, Trevor Wittman, as well as Pat Barry – was recently linked with a fight against the returning Tatiana Suarez, however, Xiaonan claims the former champion will remain sidelined.

“Rose (Namajunas) is always a name I want to fight because, in my opinion, I think she is the best female fighter in this division,” Yan Xiaonan told The AllStar during a recent interview. “So, I always want to fight her. She is also a name we discussed this time with the UFC, for this upcoming fight [at UFC 288]. But what the UFC said, is she’s maybe out for a while. I need to be active.” (Transcribed by MMA News) 

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First landing gold back in November 2017, Namajunas, a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter – ended the longstanding reign of Polish striking ace, Joanna Jedrzejczyk with a stunning upset knockout win at UFC 217 in Madison Square Garden.