Newly crowned Straw weight champion “Thug” Rose Namajunas and her longtime boyfriend Pat Barry are MMA’s power couple. A recent upload on their official Youtube, they uploaded this video entitled “Sex Tape Leaked-Rose and Pat”.
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Both of Namajunas’ parents are from Lithuania. Rose has said that her father suffered from schizophrenia, which led to complications and hardships during her youth. She has also openly stated that she was a victim of sexual abuse and violence at a young age. Namajunas started practicing Taekwondo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the age of 5. She earned her poom belt (junior black belt) at age 9. After that, she went on to practice both karate and jiu-jitsu. At the age of 16, while in high school, she started training in kickboxing and mixed martial arts with Duke Roufus at Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and she was also a senior-year wrestler at Milwaukee High School of the Arts.
Namajunas began competing in MMA as an amateur in 2010. She trained under Greg Nelson at Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. She racked up a perfect amateur record of 4-0 with 2 wins by TKO and 2 by decision. Both of the finishes came in the first round. She made her pro debut against Emily Kagan at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt on January 5, 2013. After two back-and-forth rounds, Namajunas was able to secure the victory via submission due to a rear-naked choke in round three. The victory in her pro debut also earned her the Submission of the Night bonus. In her second professional appearance, Namajunas faced Kathina Catron at Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson on April 5, 2013. She won the fight by submission due to a flying armbar just 12 seconds into the first round. This performance garnered Namajunas her second Invicta Submission of the Night award.
Namajunas fought fellow undefeated prospect Tecia Torres at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg on July 13, 2013. Namajunas lost the fight by unanimous decision. On December 11, 2013, it was announced that Namajunas was signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) along with 10 other strawweight fighters to compete on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, which would crown the first-ever UFC strawweight champion. Namajunas was the fourth pick by coach Gilbert Melendez. She defeated Alex Chambers by submission due to a rear-naked choke in the preliminary round of the tournament. In the quarter-finals, Namajunas faced Joanne Calderwood. She won the fight via kimura in the second round. In the semi-finals, Namajunas faced Randa Markos. She again won the fight via kimura in the first round.
Namajunas was expected to face Nina Ansaroff on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187. Prior to the fight, Ansaroff missed weight by 4 pounds and was fined 20 percent of her fight purse. However a couple of hours before the fights started, the bout was scrapped due to Ansaroff being ill and having to pull out. Though the fight couldn’t take place, Namajunas was paid her full fight purse (show- and win money). MMA media reported that it was possible that the fight could be rescheduled for later in 2015