“Thug” Rose Wants To Test Herself Against Mackenzie Dern

UFC strawweight champion “Thug” Rose Namajunas is coming off a two fight series against former champion Joanna Jedrzcjeczyk, and waiting for a new contender to emerge.

Someone of interest to the champ, as she revealed to the UFC’s UFC Unfiltered Podcast, is undefeated two-fight UFC veteran Mackenzie Dern.

Here’s what Rose said:

“Other than the weight issue, I thought she looked great. That is something, I’ve always wanted to test my jiu-jitsu against, that would be awesome, I would like to face her. But, she just has to get her sh-t together and that may be down the road.”

“She beat Gabi Garcia in a jiu-jitsu match, so that would be awesome. And she can obviously strike a little bit. She has that heavy first step, that a wrestler has sometimes that good right hand.”

“You can tell she has that style developing. So it will be interesting to see if she can fix her issues and maybe she can be a future contender.”