Thursday, February 04, 2016

Tecia Torres vs Rose Namajunas added to to Apr. 16 UFC show

Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting reported this afternoon that Tecia Torres vs Rose Namajunas has been added to UFC on FOX 19 Apr. 16 in Tampa. This match could be for a future shot at the UFC Strawweight Championship. Of course fans should recall that these two fought in Invicta a couple of years ago. Tecia won by unanimous decision. This fight could turn out much differently. Though Tecia is 7-0, I have two major concerns about her. One is that she is a kickboxer with no ground game. We saw this give her problems in TUF 20. Because she has no punching power, that makes her a points fighter. And eventually, points fighting will catch up to her. Plenty of folks wrote Rose off when she lost to Carla Esparza at the TUF 20 Finale. But her recent dominant win over the overhyped Paige VanZant got her a lot of attention. Rose likes to finish fights and the key to that could be getting Tecia to the ground. As I said, this is a pivotal match in the Strawweight division so it should be very interesting.

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