At least 10 active MMA fighters took to Twitter to share their reactions after Rose “Thug” Namajunas, 25, defeated Joanna Jerdrzejczyk, 40, at “UFC 217” on Nov. 4, Saturday, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Namajunas won via technical knockout via punches at 3:03 of Round 1.
- Max “Blessed” Holloway, 25
“Thug Rose,” Holloway tweeted. “my gosh.”
Holloway is the reigning UFC featherweight champion. Hailing from Waianae, Hawaii, the MMA fighter has 18 wins and 3 losses.
- Mike “Platinum” Perry, 26
“Wow,” Perry tweeted at Namajunas. “congratulations.”
Hailing from Orlando, Florida, Perry fights in the UFC welterweight division. He has 11 wins and 1 loss as a professional MMA fighter and 0 win and 1 loss as a professional boxer.
- Elias “The Spartan/Cardio King” Theodorou, 29
“Congrats to Thug Rose,” Theodoru tweeted. “Wow.”
Theodorou fights in the UFC middleweight vision. The Canadian MMA fighter of Greek descent has 13 wins and 2 losses as an MMA fighter and 12 wins as a kickboxer.
- Randa Markos-Thomas, 32
“Hahaha your welcome rose,” Markos-Thomas tweeted. “hahah that jinx was all me.”
Markos-Thomas fights in the UFC strawweight division. She is an Iraqi-Canadian MMA fighter with 7 wins and 5 losses.
- Derek Brunson, 33
“DB is a f-ing genius!” Brunson tweeted. He was referring to himself and his decision to root for Namajunas.
Fighting out of Wilmington, North Carolina, Brunson fights in the UFC middleweight division. He has 18 wins and 5 losses.
- Joe “Stih ‘em Up” Schilling, 33
“Daaaaaaamn!!!!” was all Schilling wrote on Twitter. He did not clarify if he was rooting for Namajunas or Jerdrzejczyk.
Fighting out of Los Angeles, California, Schilling fights in the Bellator MMA middleweight division. He has 2 wins and 5 losses as an MMA fighter, 22 wins and 9 losses as a kickboxer and 1 win, 0 loss and 1 draw as a boxer.
- Rafael “RDA” dos Anjos, 33
“I really like Joana but she was too cocky,” dos Anjos tweeted. “Congrats Rose.”
Dos Anjos fights in the UFC welterweight division. The Brazilian fighter has 27 wins and 9 losses.
- Chad “Savage” George, 35
“Holy****!!!” George tweeted. “Wow.”
Hailing from Los Angeles, California, George fights in the Bellator MMA bantamweight division. He has 16 wins and 8 losses.
- Babajimi Abiola “Jimi” Manuwa, 37
“Omfg !!!” Manuwa tweeted right after Namajunas defeated Jerdrzejczyk. He did not specify if he rooted for the winner or the loser.
Manuwa fights in the UFC lightweight division. The British MMA fighter of Yoruba descent holds a record of 17 wins and 3 losses.
- Chris “The Menace” Clements, 41
“Whaaaaaat!!!!!!” Clements tweeted. “I love JJ. But I’m happy for Rose.”
Clements fights in the UFC welterweight division. The Canadian fighter has 12 wins, 6 losses and 1 no contest.