Rose Namajunas 2023: Record, Net Worth, Salary, Relationship and Endorsements
Rose Namajunas is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the UFC. She was born on June 29, 1992. Namajunas started her MMA career in Invicta Fighting Championships and won her first two fights by submissions. As of 2023, she sits at #2 in the UFC women's strawweight rankings and is a former UFC women's strawweight champion.
Rose Namajunas: UFC Career
Rose made her UFC debut against Carla Esparza and lost the bout (the fight for the inaugural UFC strawweight title) and championship belt via submission. However, she immediately bounced back and claimed three consecutive victories against Angela Hill, Paige VanZant, and Tecia Torres.
After defeating Michelle Waterson, Namajunas earned a title shot against then-champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Back then, Joanna was undefeated and, as expected, Rose was the underdog in the fight.
Rose shocked the world when she stopped Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the first round at UFC 217 and was crowned as the UFC's third strawweight champion. Although Namajunas was considered better on the ground, she defeated Jedrzejczyk by outclassing her on the feet. And to prove that it wasn’t a fluke, Namajunas beat Jedrzejczyk once again in a rematch.
With only one title defense, 'Thug' lost her title to Jessica Andrade via a brutal body slam KO in the second round at UFC 237. However, she bounced back and won the rematch against Andrade at UFC 251.
Namajunas' win against Andrade earned her another title shot. She clashed against then-champion Zhang Weili at UFC 261. Rose became a two-time UFC women's strawweight champion by claiming a highlight-reel head kick KO in the first round.
She ramped up another title defense in a rematch against Zhang Weili on November 06, 2021, at UFC 268. But 'Thug's' last UFC bout ended in another defeat against her noted former rival Carla Esparza. 'Cookie Monster' earned a unanimous decision at UFC 274 to hand Namajunas the fourth loss of her UFC career. She holds a record of 9-4 in UFC
But she has been on a hiatus from the promotion since UFC 274. However, UFC authorities have recently announced her return as a Flyweight against Manon Fiorot at UFC on ESPN+ 84 on 2 September 2023. It's understandable that a lot of fans will be awaiting this moment.
Rose Namajunas: Fighting Style
Rose is a striker and her footwork is one of the best in the UFC. Besides that, she has perfected her jab. She is also a black belt in Taekwondo and Karate, and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Thus, she is also an elite grappler.
Rose Namajunas: Achievements
Namajunas holds a stellar record of 12-5-0 in her MMA career. 'Thug Rose' has earned three 'Fight of the Night' and three 'Performance of the Night' bonuses. Namajunas also claimed the 2017 Fighter of the Year award. This was the year where she tasted UFC gold as a 25-year-old.
She has also achieved wins over a number of experienced veterans. Namajunas has a black belt in Taekwondo and Karate. Apart from that, she is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Rose Namajunas: Net Worth and Salary 2023
As of 2023, Namajunas has an estimated UFC career earnings of $1.78M, according to The Sports Daily. Her biggest paycheck ($572,000) came from her sophomore bout against Carla 'Cookie Monster' Esparza in 2022. Reports say that it also included the highest salary of her UFC career, which stands at $500,000.
Rose Namajunas: Relationship with Pat Berry
The former UFC fighter turned kickboxer, Pat Barry, mentioned her first meeting with Namajunas as a fight. But it was 'Thug's' fearless attitude of punching him in the face that got him attracted to her. After Barry's transition to Glory kickboxing in 2013 the two got engaged in the year 2014.
But the couple soon got into trouble with Barry's substance abuse which also took a toll on Namajunas' performance. But he has come clean currently, and as per Namajunas, has become a lot more supportive than he used to be.
Rose Namajunas: Endorsements 2023
The former UFC champ inked an agreement with Reebok in 2019. Reports also suggest that she has endorsement deals with major brands like Puma and Adidas. As per 'The Sportslite', Rose Namajunas' total earnings from these sponsorships is reported to be around $500,000.
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|Born||June 29, 1992|
|Height||5ft 5 in|
|Weight / Division||125 lbs / Strawweight|
|Leg Reach||39.50 inches|
|Last 3 fights||L-W-W|
|Wins by Stoppage (Submissions & KO/TKO)||7 (2 KO/TKOs & 5 Submissions)|
|Estimated Net Worth||$1.78M|
|Endorsements||Reebok, Puma, Adidas|