Rose Namajunas says losing KO slam miraculously solved her neck problems: “I got out of that fight unscathed.”

Rose Namajunas says losing KO slam miraculously solved her neck problems: “I got out of that fight unscathed.”

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Rose Namajunas has built her career in memorable series against the strawweight elite. Some would say that Joanna Jedrzejczyk is her biggest rival. Others may point to her eight-year history with Carla Esparza. It is Jessica Andrade’s brutality, however, that she has left new scars as she inexplicably healed others.

Andrade separated Namajunas from conscience and his straw-weight crown at UFC 237. Namajunas wore a kimura for too long and was rewarded with a bang on the head. There was a legitimate concern for Namajunas’ neck health. Surprisingly, Andrade’s unique application of chiropractic medicine may have helped treat persistent neck problems.

“With Joanna, I would say that even though I had previously participated in a five-round fight, the rematch with her was the very first war I had. I had to endure some damage. With Andrade, it was a total. removal of all innocence, “Namajunas told Morning Kombat this week. “They hit me on the neck [in the first fight] and then I broke my nose in the second fight. The first fight was so different from the second in that I didn’t suffer any damage even though I was knocked out. In fact, the neck problems I had disappeared after I was hit on my neck, which is a little weird and kind of a miracle for me. “

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Namajunas equalized the series in his rematch with Andrade a year later, but probably took more damage in the win. In another stroke of luck, Andrade’s gift of a broken nose encouraged Namajunas to repair a deviated septum that had negatively impacted the champion’s performance for years.

“I came out of that fight unscathed, basically, while the second fight, totally different,” said Namajunas. “I didn’t stop. I didn’t care if he broke my face, got caught or whatever. I came out victorious in that fight, but I was harmed. It was also a blessing in disguise.”

The next installation in the Namajunas rivalry saga is a rematch against Esparza. The two straw weights handle the co-main event duties at UFC 274 on May 7 with gold up for grabs. Esparza defeated Namajunas in the finals of “The Ultimate Fighter 20” by winning the inaugural women’s strawweight championship. They had a reversal of fortune over the next eight years with Namajunas emerging as a two-time champion.

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