‘I’ve Never Been Hit Like That Before’- Rose Namajunas Warns Valentina Shevchenko About Andrade’s Power

Published 04/15/2021, 6:15 AM EDT


Former UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas will make her return at UFC 261 to fight Weili Zhang for the strap. Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman will headline the card in Jacksonville, Florida. Also, Jessica Andrade will attempt to dethrone the current women’s flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko.

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Namajunas has fought ‘Bate Estaca’ twice and trained with Shevchenko on numerous occasions. So, she knows the strengths and holes in both ladies’ games. Speaking to Ariel Helwani recently, ‘Thug’ previewed the flyweight contest.

She referred to Andrade’s incredible power and said, “Valentina just has to make sure that she doesn’t sleep on her…You know, man, it’s tough to say, because all it takes for Andrade is just to connect one time, and it’s total like, I’ve never been hit like that before.” 

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“I’ve trained I trained with Valentina and Valentina has some serious power as well, but Andrade hits different. So, Andrade could put a chink in Valentina’s armor, but that’s really hard to find on her,” she added.

You know, Andrade is gonna watch out for the left high kick, left body kick and honestly, that’s that’s kind of the main thing. But Valentina’s grappling is also super stellar. So it’s like, I think they all have they both have really dangerous tools to pose against each other,” the former champion concluded.

Can Rose Namajunas reclaim her throne at UFC 261?

Namajunas will look to re-capture the gold when she fights Zhang at UFC 261. However, ‘Magnum‘ will pose a different kind of threat to her. ‘Thug‘ has fought the toughest of opponents throughout her career, but Zhang, who is on a 20-fight win streak, will probably be her toughest test to date.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Rose Namajunas battles Jessica Andrade in their strawweight fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

It remains to be seen how Namajunas fares against the Chinese star. Also, the battle between Andrade and Shevchenko is an intriguing one for the fans and will be the first of the UFC 261 card’s three title fights.

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What do you make of Namajunas’ comments on the women’s flyweight title fight?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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