Waterson, who is 2-0 in the UFC, will face Namajunas, the former top strawweight contender, in the co-main event.
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Round 1: Keith Peterson is your referee. Rose takes the center of the octagon and starts fighting long with straight punches and snap kicks. Waterson lands a good side kick and then hits a head an arm throw but Rose is trying to take the back. They're somewhat stalemated as Waterson won't let go of the head but Namajunas has both hooks in and now she's got the back! Rose gets a full nelson. There's something you don't see every day. Waterson scrambles and gets back to guard. Now Waterson is working som mission control with elbows but Namajunas clears out and is chipping with the occasional elbow. Namajunas isn't landing much but she's got Waterson stuffed against the cage. Now Rose lands a big hammerfist and Waterson rolls for an armbar. She's got it locked but the elbow is out and now Waterson uses the cage to stand back up but eats a good neat from Namajunas for her troubles.At range again Waterson is using a lot of side kicks to the knee. Namajunas lands a good right hand and then completes a takedown. The round ends with Namajunas in Waterson's full guard. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Namajunas.
Round 2: Namajunas' movement looks good. Waterson kicking that lead leg again while Rose looks to land the right hand. Namajunas lands a good leg kick. Waterson comes in and then hangs out awkward and Namajunas lands a clean right hand and then a big head kick that stiffs Waterson!!! Waterson is hanging tough as Namajunas follows her to the floor. Waterson rolls for an arm but Namajunas shucks it off and rains shots. Waterson has Namajunas tied up now but its all defense. Waterson gets up but Namajunas jumps back on her. Rose has the back and she's under the chin but to the side. She adjusts. Waterson is pouring blood on the canvas and going out. Waterson taps! Namajunas makes a statement for the next 115 pound title shot.
UFC Fight Night: Kansas City official results: Rose Namajunas def. Michelle Waterson by rear-naked choke at 2:47 of the second round.