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Rose Namajunas has ideas of second title

Rose Namajunas is hopeful a win Saturday will put her in place to go after one thing she as soon as barely dared to dream about.

Namajunas (13-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) takes on late alternative Tracy Cortez (11-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) within the UFC on ESPN 59 predominant occasion in entrance of her house followers in Denver. Cortez stepped up for Maycee Barber, who needed to pull out in late June.

The battle will probably be Namajunas’ third at flyweight within the UFC, and the previous ladies’s strawweight champ already can see the potential to go after a belt at 125 kilos, too – which might put her in rarefied air if she was to turn into a two-division titleholder.

“Once I first began my profession within the UFC, that was my imaginative and prescient that I had in thoughts. It wasn’t tremendous strong, however I undoubtedly needed to turn into champion,” Namajunas instructed MMA Junkie Radio. “After which, someplace at the back of my thoughts, I assumed to turn into champion in two divisions, as effectively.

“However that was up to now within the distance, I wasn’t positive if I might make that occur. However now I do know that I can.”

Namajunas misplaced the strawweight belt to Carla Esparza in her second reign as champion. She moved as much as flyweight, however misplaced to Manon Fiorot. She bought again on monitor in opposition to Amanda Ribas in March, although, and a win over Cortez, who has but to lose within the UFC and is unbeaten since a loss in her professional debut, may be sufficient for her to leap the road – particularly given her accolades one division down.

Cortez received’t be a straightforward activity, although Namajunas is greater than a 2-1 betting favourite. She mentioned she needed to swap some issues up after spending a lot time prepping for Barber, however to not the purpose she appears involved.

“It’s not like evening and day distinction,” Namajunas mentioned. “My strategy is similar so far as what I’m going to do, and it just about is similar each time. So far as protection goes, I simply should be careful for a bit of bit of various issues. I believe that Tracy has higher again management when she will get on the bottom. She’s nice on the highest. … With Tracy, there are much less dynamics and she or he’s type of coming at you a bit of extra. However she’s bought nice fundamentals, and I’m trying to ensure my fundamentals are higher than hers and now have that additional aptitude, as effectively. I might beat her in every single place, in order that’s my objective.”

Namajunas is No. 6 within the UFC’s official ladies’s flyweight rankings. Barber is No. 4, so a win over her would’ve gone a good distance in serving to her distinguish herself from former champ Valentina Shevchenko, Fiorot and Erin Blanchfield.

Cortez is ranked No. 11, however Namajunas doesn’t assume she’s in a lose-lose scenario taking a threat in opposition to a lower-ranked opponent.

“I’d say I’m proper in that title rivalry talks (with a win),” Namajunas mentioned. “God keen, I’m wholesome, I’m in form and I’m able to go together with a win and no matter alternatives they wish to give me. I might see myself combating for the belt actually quickly. It’s only a matter of doing my job and combating to one of the best of my skills. Something’s potential.”

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