With one swift, shocking and scary moment, the UFC had a new strawweight champion on Saturday night.
Brazil's Jessica Andrade picked up Rose Namajunas of Denver in the second round of their UFC 237 main event in Rio de Janeiro and slammed her full force to the mat. Namajunas landed at an angle in which it appeared she narrowly avoided a broken neck.
But she didn't escape the knockout from the slam, and Andrade is now champion of the UFC's 115-pound weight class. The time of the stoppage was 2:58.
"I was very certain what I had to do in the second round," said Andrade, whose 11 wins are the most by a woman in UFC history. "I've never done that move before in the UFC."
Namajunas dominated the opening round, using her speed, length advantage and footwork to fluster her opponent. Andrade responded in the second by closing the distance as the bout rapidly turned into a wild brawl.
Andrade made a first slam attempt earlier in the round and was nearly submitted by Namajunas when they hit the mat, but there was no such response the second time around.
With her 14th career stoppage victory, Andrade has now won four straight contests and seven of eight. Namajunas had a three-fight win streak snapped.
The main event salvaged what had been a downer of a night for Brazilian favorites.
Legendary former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, now 44, lost via injury TKO in the opening round of his bout with Jared Cannonier of Anchorage, Ala. Cannonier blew out Silva's right knee with a kick to Silva's planted leg that landed full force to the back of the knee.
Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo lost a methodical unanimous decision to Australia's Alexander Volkanovski, who won his 17th consecutive bout.
--Field Level Media