Rose Namajunas to compete in ADCC Open

Former UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas will be competing at the ADCC Open.

By: Kevin Bradley | 3 weeks ago
Rose Namajunas to compete in ADCC Open
Rose Namajunas at UFC 268. IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

Rose Namajunas continues her grappling journey

Continuing her submission grappling run from last year, former two-time UFC strawweight champ Rose Namajunas will next compete at the ADCC Open in Denver, CO this weekend. The grappling promotion revealed Namajunas’ spot on their lineup on their smoothcomp page late yesterday.

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Rose Namajunas’ registration for the ADCC Open

Though this appeared official, Namajunas has yet to comment on her upcoming grappling appearance. Her husband and coach Pat Barry confirmed her participation when asked by Bloody Elbow earlier today.

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ADCC is coming to Denver, CO

The ADCC promotion has long enjoyed a close relationship to the UFC. Chael Sonnen famously rolled with Aussie superstar Craig Jones at the 2017 ADCC’s, and several former ADCC champions like Rodolfo Vieira and Vinny Magalhaes have taken their ground game to the cage. Namajunas herself is a BJJ brown belt, with a 45% submission rate in her MMA career as of publishing.

“Thug Rose” first popped onto grappling fans’ radars with an appearance at Fury Pro Grappling 6 last year. Taking on fellow UFC fighter Gillian Anderson, Namajunas was quickly taken down and submitted via RNC in under a minute. Seemingly undeterred, the 30-year-old could have a shot at redemption by facing standouts like ADCC Trials vet Jasmine Rocha.

The ADCC Open starts May 13, 10am EDT exclusively on FloGrappling.

Namajunas is coming off a loss in the Octagon

Rose Namajunas’ last UFC fight was a split decision loss to Carla Esparza in 2022. In that fight Namajunas lost her strawweight title. A belt she had reclaimed with a win over Zhang Weili a year prior.

The win over Zhang (her first, she beat Zhang again before fighting Esparza) started Namajunas’ second title run. Her first started in 2017, after she defeated Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Her first title run ended in 2019 with a loss to Jessica Andrade.

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Kevin Bradley
Kevin Bradley

Kevin Bradley is a writer covering Bloody Elbow’s grappling beat. A longtime BJJ hobbyist, he began covering combat sports in 2018 for the Jiu-Jitsu Times with athlete interviews and fight breakdowns. He branched into audio the following year, producing and co-hosting the JJT Podcast for its 100 episode run. After a writing hiatus, occasionally contributing to various sites in the interim, he joined BE in late 2022.

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