Rose Namajunas is a mixed martial artist and one of the most technically gifted women in the octagon today. A native of Milwaukee, she is known for her impressive skills and has beaten some of the best women in the sport with some of the most impressive entries in recent history. She is signed up for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and competes in the women’s strawweight category where she is the champion.
An athlete and martial artist for most of her life, she has had to sacrifice a lot to reach the peak she has reached, even if it means cutting off her once beautiful long blonde hair just to improve her game. The fighter’s dedication certainly pays off. The straw-weight champion of women will be ranked 15th in the official UFC rankings pound for pound starting in April 2018.
Rose Namajunas Bio, Age
She was born on June 29, 1992, as Rose Gertrude Namajunas in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, as the daughter of Lithuanian immigrant parents, both of whom were artists. Rose has an older brother. Her mother is a trained classical musician who has nurtured both Rose’s fighting skills and her creativity. Her experience with music makes her an important advocate of the importance of art education in schools, but her passion remained athletics.
Namajunas was called Thug Rose by her friends when she was young because she always had an intimidating sinister look on her face. The sinister expression was plastered on there to avoid trouble due to her small size. As she grew up, she witnessed violence far too often and was also sexually abused. As an escape route, she resorted to the world of martial arts and attributed the fight the merit of having helped her overcome many difficulties she faced in her life. Even though the obstacles did not make her a great fighter, she fought her way through all these obstacles.
Rose already started practicing Taekwondo at the age of 5 when she was punched and kicked in the butt and four years later earned her Junior Black Belt. After that, she intensified her game and began to practice both karate and jiu-jitsu. During her studies at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, she trained in kickboxing and mixed martial arts and also wrestled with wrestling in her final year. In high school, she was also an accomplished cross-country runner.
Since 2010 Rose has been participating in MMA competitions as an amateur. She trained at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy and set an amateur record of 4-0 (2 wins by TKO and 2 by decision). Immediately following her amateur phase, she made her professional debut against Emily Kagan in Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt on January 5, 2013, which she won by submission. Her victory earned her the “Submission of the Night” award. In April she won her second professional match, also by submission, but lost her third against Tecia Torres in July by unanimous decision.
After showing great performances at the Invicta Fighting Championship, Namajunas signed up for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in December 2013. Together with 10 other strawweight fighters, she participated in the very first UFC strawweight championship in the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter. She fought bravely from the preliminary round of the tournament and maintained her winning streak until the final, where she lost to eventual winner Carla Esparza on December 12, 2014.
Even though she lost in the final, she received a $25,000 bonus for the performance of the season and the fight of the season in two seasons against her quarter-final opponent Joanne Calderwood. After the championship, she began to establish herself in the UFC with more victories and awards. Rose received her first Performance of the Night bonus on December 10, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 80 after defeating Paige VanZant at the halfway point of the fifth round by submission due to a rear-naked choke.
In 2016, she defeated Torres by a unanimous decision in April but lost her next fight to Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a fight that was considered a defending champion in July, despite both receiving the Fight of the Night award for their performance. After a win against Michelle Waterson on April 15, 2017, Namajunas marked the fifth submission deadline in her career. She ended the 2017 season on a grand scale by defeating the then UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk on November 4, 2017, to become the new champion.
Known for her impressive skills, she knocked Jedrzejczyk out of the race in the first round by knockout (her first knockout victory in her professional career). This victory not only earned her the title but also earned her the recognition of having won the UFC Upset of the Year 2017 and her second Performance of the Night bonus.
On April 7, 2018, Rose Namajunas successfully defended her title in a rematch against Jedrzejczyk in UFC 223, finishing 15th in the official UFC rankings pound for pound.
The 1.65-meter fighter makes quite a fortune with her career. She earns both from her bonuses and from fighting money. Her net worth is estimated at $500,000. With more fights and victories to be expected, her net worth will certainly increase within a short period of time.
Rose Namajunas Father, Husband, Boyfriend
Rose Namajunas grew up in a tough neighborhood where she was the only white girl, which explains the sinister look she always protected herself with. She also had a somewhat lonely life when she grew up with a mother and stepfather who were separated from her father because he had mental problems; he was schizophrenic.
Her father died when she was 16. After experiencing mental illness at first hand with her father, she developed passionate feelings for mental health and created awareness of it.
The straw-weight UFC champion had a relationship with kickboxer and former MMA artist Pat Barry (born July 7, 1979). While he is best known for his low kicks during his MMA days, his partner is praised for her high kicks and jabs. He is also her training partner and the duo is engaged.