Jessica Andrade Steps Up, Wants To Fight “Thug” Rose For The UFC Strap

We’re only a few days removed from “Thug” Rose Namajunas’ title clinching victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217 and she’s already got an opponent ready to challenge her.

Former title challenger Jessica Andrade, who just defeated top ranked strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha, is looking to get the first crack at Namajunas.

Via MMA Fighting, Adrade had this to say about new champion, Rose Namajunas.

“It was very surprising. I didn’t imagine her winning, but it’s like I always say: every fight is different. Joanna probably wasn’t having a good day and Namajunas went there to win the belt and beat Joanna, and she did it.”

“She definitely underestimated Namajunas. She got in there as it was just another fight, that it would be easy. She was more aggressive, but she forgot that Namajunas is taller than her previous opponents, like me and ‘Claudinha’ (Gadelha), and has a bigger reach, and that’s how Namajunas found the opening. Namajunas trained for that and did a great job.”

“I was rooting for Namajunas to win. When I saw her going down the first time, I said ‘damn, this will be good.’ When Namajunas dropped her the second time and knocked her out, I said ‘I can’t believe it.’ It was like a World Cup game, you know? Everybody screaming and celebrating because it’s easier now for the division to move and we have another opportunity to fight for the belt again.”

“I think it’s easier with Rose as the champion because you have new match-ups for the belt. I don’t believe the UFC will give Joanna a rematch because it makes no sense. She lost by knockout in the first round. (Jose) Aldo and Ronda (Rousey) lost like that and there was no rematch. I don’t think the UFC will make it.”

“(Namajunas) is a tough opponent, that’s why she beat the champion, but I think that finding the timing and distance, I can get in and knock her ou. I can’t let her do what Joanna did to me. I have to find the best timing and distance. If the fight goes to the ground, I can submit her as well. Namajunas has a good ground game, so I can’t let her take my back or get on top (laughs).”

“I thought about this already and it will definitely happen if Joanna doesn’t move up to flyweight. The UFC would definitely do this rematch. We would be in different roles, and I’d show her how a champion should behave. She was rude, aggressive, mad, and that’s not nice. I’ve met her before and she was more pleasant, nicer, helped people. She became a completely different person after she became champion.”