Rose Namajunas will mark her reintroduction to combat sports since dropping her strawweight championship at UFC 274 months ago when she competes against Gillian Robertson in a grappling clash the next week on December 30th at the main event of FURY 6. The event will be held at Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena.
Thug Rose's last outing didn’t go according to her plan. She stepped into the cage for the strawweight title defense against Carla Esparza at UFC 274 on May 07, 2022. When the two fought a second time, the grapple-heavy fighter Esparza was able to carry out her strategy and captured the title. The match is deemed the most terrible title fight in the history of the promotion.
Namajunas was originally slated to make her FURY grappling debut in December 2021 at FURY 3 against the sensational Danielle Kelly of the ONE championship, but her former foe Carla Esparza, unfortunately, became her replacement owing to COVID-19 protocols.
“Competing in grappling was one of a few different goals I had for myself before I were to compete in fighting again,” Namajunas said in a statement. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity to compete for FURY grappling. I’m very excited.”
Rose Namajunas's grappling showdown won’t be an easy one as her opponent Gillian Robertson holds a record for most submission wins in the UFC women’s history. Although Robertson has had very little fortune in the cage than her next competitor, she has displayed the capability to conclude fights and is an expert in the application of a rear-naked choke submission.
Gillian Robertson defeated Mariya Agapova with a horrific finish during their fight on September 17 in her final attendance at the promotion. Mariya was left unconscious after she refused to tap out to rear naked choke attempt by the Canadian. The fight resulted in the favor of Gillian Robertson via technical submission.
“It’s great to be back with FURY for another extremely high-profile card,” Robertson said. “I am thankful for the opportunity to share the mat with such a notable opponent like Rose Namajunas.”