Rose Namajunas has come a long way from her loss to Carla Esparza in the TUF 20 Finale. Her shot at the inaugural women's strawweight title ended in a submission defeat, but she's been on a tear since then. The best showing on her three-fight winning streak is her dismantling of then-unbeaten Paige VanZant in the UFC Fight Night 80 main event on December 10th, 2015. To PVZ's credit, it was borderline miraculous that she even made it to the 5th before ultimately succumbing to the rear-naked choke, but Namajunas was dominant throughout the contest and got the finish she thoroughly deserved.
You can watch the full fight at the top of the page.
Here's Dallas Winston's play-by-play:
R5: VanZant attacks valiantly but Namajunas gets in on a single, then switches to a body lock to complete the takedown. Half guard for Namajunas, cradling a leg and looking for back mount but VanZant flattens herself out to regain half guard. VanZant is staying busy with escape attempts but Namajunas has an answer for everything. She takes back control and this time is able to cinch on a rear-naked choke and force VanZant to cry uncle.
Plus Bloody Elbow's reaction to it in the live thread:
PVZ will fight Bec Rawlings on August 27th, but Namajunas will face off against Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the UFC 201 co-main event on Saturday, July 30th. That fight figures to be a title eliminator, with a shot against Joanna Jedrzejczyk on the line.