Rose Namajunas (5-2) evened the score at UFC on FOX 19 on Saturday night (April 16, 2016) by defeating Tecia Torres in a rematch from their first bout at Invicta FC 4 in 2013.
Namajunas, 23, won the bout by unanimous decision inside Alamie Arena in Tampa, Fla and handed Torres her first career defeat. All three judges scored the fight 29-28.
It was a closely-contested battle, but Namajunas striking on the outside and a pair of well-timed takedowns proved to be the difference in the bout.
The first round began with both fighters leaning toward the conservative side. Rose, the No.3-ranked UFC women’s Strawweight, charged forward aggressively about half way though the round, but came up empty. Torres caught a kick and delivered a pair of nice strikes. “The Tiny Tornado” also landed a low kick that bucked the leg of Namajunas. Torres connected on a big right hand inside the the clinch of Namajunas, but “Thug” recovered and landed a nice takedown along the fence.
In the second round Namajunas began to find great success on the outside and used to reach advantage landed several nice punches. Torres, the No.4-ranked UFC women’s strawweight, landed a pair of side kicks. Later on in the round Namajunas slipped badly while trying to throw a jump kick. Torres fought off a diving takedown attempt by Namajunas late in the round and found herself in trouble in the closing seconds as Namajunas landed several punches, which rocked her backward.
Torres had a much better round in the third and utilized more of her low-kicking game to land strikes on Namajunas. “The Tiny Tornado” landed her best combination of the night when she scored with a big left right combo inside of “Thug’s” clinch. Namajuna landed a late takedown on Torres toward the end of the fight, but ….View full article
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