UFC Fight Night 80 Results

Once called “the next Ronda Rousey” by UFC President Dana White, Rose Namajunas delivered a performance befitting a highly hyped fighter by submitting another, the well-promoted Paige VanZant.

Namajunas (4-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who fell short of the inaugural women’s strawweight title on “The Ultimate Fighter 20,” exposed VanZant’s (6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) inexperience over five rounds before a finish by rear-naked choke at the 2:25 mark of the final frame.

“I feel great, I don’t know what else to say,” Namajunas said afterward. “I just want to pet my dog right now.

The women’s strawweight bout headlined today’s UFC Fight Night 80 event at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Namajunas dominated VanZant, the No. 15 ranked fighter in the NOS Energy Drink MMA women’s strawweight rankings, from start to finish, landing with straight punches and reversing takedown attempts to maintain dominant position.

An early takedown allowed Namajunas to land vicious elbows on VanZant that opened a cut under her right eye, which bled generously throughout the fight.

VanZant appeared flustered by the damage she took, but she was undeterred from chasing down her opponent, who was an injury replacement for “TUF 20” vet Joanne Calderwood.

While VanZant’s skills lagged behind Namajunas, her toughness allowed her to grit out several near finishes. When Namajunas suddenly hopped on her back in the third round and applied a rear-naked choke, she patiently waited out the hold and escaped.

A pair of armbar attempts in the fourth round, one which appeared to briefly dislocate VanZant’s elbow, was not enough to make her quit.

“I’m a finisher, so it’s really frustrating to not get it right away,” said Namajunas, who remembered to relax and enjoy her ample lead.

After putting VanZant on the mat in the fifth, Namajunas adjusted position and gave her opponent no choice but to submit, awarding her a second consecutive victory after a loss to Carla Esparza denied her the “TUF 20” crown and women’s strawweight title.

With current champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk looking on cageside, Namajunas demurred at calling out her future opponent.

“I want to take a break and let my body heal, but I’m ready for anything,” she said.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 80 results include:

Rose Namajunas def. Paige VanZant via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 5, 2:25
Michael Chiesa def. Jim Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:57
Sage Northcutt def. Cody Pfister via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 0:41
Thiago “Marreta” Santos def. Elias Theodorou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Tim Means def. John Howard via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 0:21
Sergio Moraes def. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:18
Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior – no-contest (unintentional eye poke) – Round 1, 0:11
Aljamain Sterling def. Johnny Eduardo via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 4:18
Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Andreas Stahl via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:25
Danny Roberts def. Nathan Coy via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:46
Zubaira Tukhugov def. Phillipe Nover via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Kailin Curran def. Emily Kagan via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:13

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