Rose Namajunas - UFC's next Ronda Rousey

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LAS VEGAS – Season 20 of the UFC's reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter," was the first to feature an all-female cast and marked the first time the winner of the season would win the championship.

Finalists Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza, who meet in the Fox Sports 1-televised finale for the inaugural UFC title on Friday at The Palms, are clearly elite-level fighters.
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The Ultimate Fighter season 20 cast member Rose Namajunas interacts with fans during the UFC Ultimate Media Day at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on July 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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The Ultimate Fighter season 20 cast member Rose Namajunas interacts with fans during the UFC Ultimate Media Day at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on July 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
The contestants from "The Ultimate Fighter" attend FOX Sports 1's "The Ultimate Fighter" Season Premiere Party at Lure on September 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
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The contestants from "The Ultimate Fighter" attend FOX Sports 1's "The Ultimate Fighter" Season Premiere Party at Lure on September 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
Rose Namajunas poses for a portrait during the TUF 20 Media Day session at the TUF gym on July 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Esther Lin/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Rose Namajunas poses for a portrait during the TUF 20 Media Day session at the TUF gym on July 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Esther Lin/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Team Melendez fighter Rose Namajunas gets her hands wrapped before facing team Pettis fighter Joanne Calderwood in the quarterfinals during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Team Melendez fighter Rose Namajunas gets her hands wrapped before facing team Pettis fighter Joanne Calderwood in the quarterfinals during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Team Melendez poses for a photo during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Team Melendez poses for a photo during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Team Melendez fighter Rose Namajunas prepares to enter the Octagon before facing team Pettis fighter Joanne Calderwood in the quarterfinals during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Team Melendez fighter Rose Namajunas prepares to enter the Octagon before facing team Pettis fighter Joanne Calderwood in the quarterfinals during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
(R-L) Team Melendez fighter Rose Namajunas celebrates he submission victory over team Pettis fighter Joanne Calderwood in the quarterfinals during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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(R-L) Team Melendez fighter Rose Namajunas celebrates he submission victory over team Pettis fighter Joanne Calderwood in the quarterfinals during filming of season twenty of The Ultimate Fighter on August 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Rose Namajunas speaks with the media during The Ultimate Fighter Finale Ultimate Media Day at the Palms Casino Resort on December 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Rose Namajunas speaks with the media during The Ultimate Fighter Finale Ultimate Media Day at the Palms Casino Resort on December 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
(L-R) Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas face-off during The Ultimate Fighter Finale Ultimate Media Day at the Palms Casino Resort on December 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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(L-R) Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas face-off during The Ultimate Fighter Finale Ultimate Media Day at the Palms Casino Resort on December 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Mixed martial artists Rose Namajunas (L) and Pat Barry arrive at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff R. Bottari/Getty Images)
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Mixed martial artists Rose Namajunas (L) and Pat Barry arrive at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff R. Bottari/Getty Images)

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