Andrade, who is the number-three ranked strawweight fighter in the world behind Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, feels as though the former champion is undeserving of an immediate rematch due to the fact that she lost in the first-round. The 26-year-old is confident in her ability to knock out the new champion.
“I think it’s easier with Rose as the champion because you have new match-ups for the belt,” Andrade said. “I don’t believe the UFC will give Joanna a rematch because it makes no sense. She lost by knockout in the first round. (Jose) Aldo and Ronda (Rousey) lost like that and there was no rematch. I don’t think the UFC will make it.”
“(Namajunas) is a tough opponent, that’s why she beat the champion, but I think that finding the timing and distance, I can get in and knock her out,” she continued. “I can’t let her do what Joanna did to me. I have to find the best timing and distance. If the fight goes to the ground, I can submit her as well. Namajunas has a good ground game, so I can’t let her take my back or get on top (laughs).”
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