After a flawless first round striking performance, the defending women’s strawweight world champion has her lights switched out
Rose Namajunas lost her strawweight world championship in perhaps the most devastating way possible after being brutally knocked out by Jessica Andrade.
The Brazilian was able to prise away the title in front of her adoring fans at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio after slamming Namajunas to the canvas in the second round.
While Andrade burst into tears at her victory, the paramedics rushed into the octagon to help the former champion recover after a sickening blow to the head.
In truth, the American was dominating the fight up until the stoppage with a clinical striking display.
Weaving in and out of distance flawlessly, the 26-year-old was picking the challenger apart with her jabbing and moving.
However, when Andrade was able to close the distance and back the champion up against the cage, she locked her grip around the Milwaukee-native and slammed her to the canvas.
Referee Marc Goddard made the correct decision to stop the fight as Andrade reigned down with fists onto her fallen opponent.
Namajunas’ manager Brian Butler confirmed to Ariel Helwani his fighter did not require hospital treatment and was ‘clear-headed and being very gracious about the loss’.
The former champion admitted it was a ‘weight off her shoulders’ to not have the championship belt and she even seemed to consider retirement when being interviewed in the octagon by Jon Anik after the bout.
Check out how the MMA world reacted to the vicious knockout!