Rose Namajunas is a professional mixed martial artist and Strawweight Champion. She currently ranks 1st in the best female strawweight category and 3rd in the pound-for-pound female MMA fighter worldwide rankings. She was also 5th in the 2017 MMA Fighter of the Year and 17th in the Top Fan Favorite MMA Fighter rankings. She was also awarded the 2017 Woman of the Year Award at the 8th Annual Real Women Awards.
Born on June 29, 1992 to Lithuanian parents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Namajunas started training in Tae Kwan Do when she was just 5 years old. At the age of 9, she earned her poom belt and transitioned to Jiu-Jitsu and karate. She started training in mixed martial arts and kickboxing in high school and she was also a senior-year wrestler.
She had her first amateur fight on August 7, 2010 at NAFC - Relentless against Melissa Pacheco who she defeated through technical knockout. That was the start of a 4-match winning streak as she went on to win against Heather Basset at KOTC – Winter Warriors, Moriel Charneski at KOTC March Mania, and Jen Aniano at KOTC Trump Card.
In 2016, she made her professional debut in a fight with Tecia Torres at UFC Fight Night and won via unanimous decision. While she lost her second fight to Karolina Kowalkiewicz, she defeated Michelle Waterson on her 3rd match. She went on to fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the strawweight title and won on November 4, 2017. Namajunas was able to defend her title against Jedrzejczyk when they met again on April 7, 2018.
This American fighter has a professional record of 9 wins and 3 losses. She is also the 2017 UFC Fighter of the Year.