This week brought us #10 Alex Chambers (Team Pettis) vs. #7 Rose Namajunas (Team Melendez). #7 Rose Namajunas has only fought 3 professional fights in 2013 and has a record of 2-1. Both of her wins are from submission and her only loss was by decision. #10 Alex Chambers has a record of 4-1 with fights from 2010-2013. Chambers only has 1 loss and only her first fight we to decision. All other fights from Chambers ended in the first round, 2 by TKO and 1 by submission. I really like Chambers chances with the majority of her fights ending in the first round.
Before the fight this week there were a couple of guests during training. USA Women’s National Soccer Team’s Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe stopped by the TUF gym to talk about women in sports and show off their MMA skills. It gave the fighters a chance to relax and get a little bit of different perspective on female athletes.
For the first time this season we saw Team Melendez get a victory! The fight started with Rose and Alex doing a lot of kicking and throwing a lot of punches. I was really surprised in the second half of Round 1 when the fight was taken to the ground and with about 30 seconds left in Round 1 Rose got a rear naked choke submission victory over Alex. No matter what now we are at least guaranteed 1 Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis Quarter Final fight.
Next week will be the final Preliminary fight with #3 Tecia Torres (Team Pettis) vs. #8 Bec Rawlings (Team Melendez). This will be Tecia Torres’ second chance in the tournament as she lost via unanimous decision against Randa Markos in the first fight of the season. When Justine Kish had to leave the competition due to knee injury Dana White let Torress take Kish’s spot since she was ranked #3 in the tournament. Tecia Torres is the #6-ranked female strawweight (115 lbs) fighter in the world according to the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings. Torres also has a record of 4-0 from fighting in 2012 & 2013. #8 Bec Rawlings has a record of 5-3 with fights from 2011-2013. In Rawlings wins 3 come from submission, 1 TKO and 1 decision.
Will Team Melendez be able to add a second victory to their season or will Team Pettis once again prove their dominance? A lot is on the line as we finish the opening round next week.