The strawweight battle between Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres got bumped up to co-main event status at UFC on FOX 19 in the wake of several fight dropouts and adjustments.
Yet the duo went out and delivered a performance worthy of the spot on their card. In a bout at Tampa's Amalie Arena in which both fighters impressed, Namajunas was just a bit better, earning 29-28 scores across the board Saturday night for a unanimous decision.
In the opening round, Namajunas landed the higher volume of punches, but Torres landed the harder shots, and visibly buckled Namajunas with a big left hook.
"Thug" Rose rallied in the second, though, and picked up the pace, putting Torres on the defensive, including getting the better of a wild skirmish in the final seconds of the round.
Things got a bit more tactical in the final round, as neither came close to finishing the fight. A late Namjaunas takedown may have been the difference in the round and therefore the decision.
Namajunas (5-2) scored her third straight win, while Torres (7-1) lost for the first time in her career. The bout was a rematch, as Torres won a decision in their first bout at Invicta FC 6.