At least two retired MMA fighters took to Twitter to share their reactions after the victory of Rose “Thug” Namajunas, 25, over Joanna Jerdrzejczyk, 40, at “UFC 217.” The match took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, on Nov. 4, Saturday.
- Timothy Jerome “TJ” Grant, 33
“Rose with an unbelievable performance,” Grant tweeted. “Happy to see her win that title! That’s a champion right there.”
Grant competed in the lightweight division of UFC from 2006 to 2013. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada but he fought out of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.
In total, Grant had a record of 21 wins and 5 losses. Out of his 21 wins, 13 were won by submission and only 1 out of his 5 losses was by submission.
The last time Grant competed in the UFC café was on May 25, 2013. The Canadian fighter defeated Gray Maynard via technical knockout via knee and punches at 2:07 of Round 1 at “UFC 160.”
- Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia, 41
“Wooooooooooooooooow,” Sylvia tweeted right after Namajunas defeated Jerdrzejczyk at “UFC 217.” “Freaking awesome.”
Sylvia ended his MMA career with a record of 31 wins, 10 losses and 1 no contest. After three consecutive losses from 2012 to 2013, he decided to hang up his gloves.
As a UFC fighter, Sylvia became a heavyweight champion twice. He earned the title first by defeating Ricco Rodriguez on Feb. 28, 2003 at “UFC 41” and on Sept. 26, 2003, he the former successfully defended the title from Gan McGee at “UFC 44.”
On Oct. 15, 2003, Sylvia was stripped of the UFC heavyweight champion title because he tested positive for anabolic steroids. He regained the title at “UFC 59” where he defeated Andrei Arlovski then successfully defended the title at “UFC 61” again from Arlovski and at “UFC 116” from Shane Carwin.