Report: Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas Set To Defend Title Against Nemesis Tecia Torres
Rumours are swirling about the next Strawweight title fight as Bartek Stachura of lowking.pl initially reported that a potential rubber match between newly crowned UFC women’s strawweight champion “Thug” Rose Namajunas (7-3) and Tecia “The Tiny Tornado” Torres (10-1) is being slated for UFC 221 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
If the fight comes to fruition, it will be Rose Namajunas’ first title defense of the women’s strawweight title since shocking the MMA world when she beat former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217 in November. Namajunas is on a two-fight win streak in the UFC, including the championship fight against Jedrzejczyk. The other victory came against Michelle Waterson, where she would win by a filthy rear-naked choke.
Tecia Torres has only one loss in her career and that is to the champion Rose Namajunas. In fact, one of Namjunas’ losses is to Torres, thus making this fight compelling just for the fact that it’s a rubber-match and there is a history behind it. Their first fight came at Invicta 6 in July of 2013 where Torres would pull off the win with a unanimous decision victory. The two would meet again in April of 2016 at UFC on Fox: Teixiera vs Evans where Namajunas would get her revenge and beat Torres by unanimous decision.
Since the loss to Namajunas, Torres has won three straight fights against game opponents; Juliana Lima, Bec Rawlings and most recently against Michelle Waterson. The win streak and the fight against Waterson at UFC 218 are reasons why Torres could potentially find herself fighting for the championship, which would be the first title fight of her career. This would be the biggest fight in Torres’ career and for it to come against a nemesis in Namajunas, would make a win for either fighter that much more special.
UFC 221 is set to be headlined by the middleweight championship fight between champion Robert Whittaker and former champion Luke Rockhold. Also on the card is Tyson Pedro versus Saparbek Safarov, Mark Hunt versus Curtis Blaydes, Jussier Formiga versus Ben Nguyen, Damien Brown versus Dong Hyun Kim, Teruto Ishihara versus Jose Quinonez and Tai Tuivasa versus Cyril Asker.
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