Former UFC strawweight title contender Rose Namajunas had an upsetting loss against Polish Karolina Kowalkiewicz at the UFC 201 on Saturday, at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
The women’s strawweight bout ended in Kowalkiewcz’s win over Namajunas with a split decision.
The 30-year-old Kowalkiewicz won the bout with scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29.
After this win, Kowalkiewicz will likely be facing fellow countrywoman Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who is a three-time defending title holder.
“I am ready,” said Kowlkiewizc when asked about her fight with Jedrzejczyk. “I know Joanna, I respect her very much,” she said. “She is the best in the world, I will fight her and I will beat her.”
Namajuns had started off good in the first round, landing some nice counter punches at her opponent. However, in the next two rounds that followed, Kowalkeiwicz managed to dominate the ring by casting some nasty elbows and knees hits on her opponent until the final whistle. Despite a swelling over her left eye, she managed a clinch and landed brutal knee assault upon somewhat helpless Namajunas.
“I was landing more shots and besides the clinch, I feel like I won every area,” Namajunas said. “Even when I was on the bottom I was trying to finish. She wasn’t doing any damage and I know I hit her with some big shots. I let it go to the judges though, it’s my fault. I need to train harder and work on my clinch I guess,” Namajunas
Namajunas (5-3) was fighting after an unanimous decision win against USA’s Tecia Torres in April.
Kowalkiewicz (10-0 ) has had decision wins against Canada’s Randa Markos and USA’s Heather Clark.
Saturday’s UFC 201 event drew an announced attendance of 10,240 fans for a live gate of $1.07 million.
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