Rose Namajunas closed as a +110 dog in their first fight but is currently at -210 to win this time around. Can she get it done at UFC 251?
One of the big non-title fights at Saturday’s UFC 251 is a rematch between Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas. There is bad blood between these two women’s strawweight’s as Namajunas was the champ but lost the belt to Andrade at UFC 237 last May. Andrade didn’t hold the belt for long as she immediately lost it in her next fight (in August) to Zhang Weili.
Namajunas felt like she was winning the first fight before something fluky happened, so that’s the backdrop for this rematch. That’s also why we see her as a -210 favorite on the UFC odds board even though she lost the first match.
Jessica Andrade UFC 251 odds
Andrade is ranked No. 4 in the women’s pound-for-pound rankings overall and is the No. 1 women’s strawweight but she still comes into Saturday’s fight having to prove herself a bit. She had won three in a row entering the Namajunas fight but she was losing the fight – badly, by most accounts – until she picked up Thug Rose and slammed her on her head. That ended the fight in the second round and gave Andrade a win she surely wouldn’t have had if the fight had gone to the scorecards at that point. However, that’s not how fighting works. Andrade won the fight fair and square; the concern here is what happens if the fight continues to play out as it did before the body slam. Other than the Namajunas win, Andrade has mostly lost to elite competition.
The big asset for Andrade is her knockout power. She might not land another slam but she can definitely land a solid punch or combination. She might have the best power in the division and while we didn’t see it on display the first time, we might this time around.
Rose Namajunas UFC Fight Island Odds
Namajunas closed as a +110 dog in their first fight but is currently at -210 to win this time around. That tells us quite a bit. The main reason is because everyone saw how Andrade was getting worked by Thug Rose before the body slam. Namajunas’ speed and footwork were impressive and with her hand speed, she seemed to keep beating Andrade to the punch.
Taking a look at the two fighters, Namajunas is three inches taller and has a three-inch advantage in reach as well. She’s not necessarily one to knock any fighters out but she definitely has the skill and boxing to beat her on points. That’s what I’ll be looking for this time around.
Look for Namajunas to be extra careful here as Andrade moves forward. She’ll continue with the strong countering she showed in the first match and get her revenge.
Andrade vs. Namajunas UFC Fight Island Prediction: