Namajunas vs Andrade – UFC 237: Jessica Andrade, makes her second bid at Strawwieght gold this Saturday (May 11, 2019) when champion Rose Namajunas steps into the challenger’s home turf of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UFC 237 will also feature power-punching Middleweight Jared Cannonier facing the legendary Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo against the fast-rising Alex Volkanovski.
Main Event: Namajunas vs Andrade
Place: Jeunesse Arena – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Time: 5:15 PM ET
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Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade
Both fighters tend to spend around three of every five minutes operating in space at distance. The biggest difference upon initial inspection of the statsheet is power volume. Andrade more than doubles Namajunas’ output (82.6 power strikes attempted per five minutes in the position, P5M, vs. 40.8) while still being able to land more accurately than the champion (42% to 39%).
As is often the case, Andrade’s opponents return fire with more power output as well (61.2 power strikes attempted P5M vs. 36.1 for Namajunas’ opponents). Most end up targeting the head where Andrade’s defense has been significantly worse allowing 37% of power shots to connect while Namajunas only lets 22% get through. The net result is Andrade tends to outland her opponents by a +7.7 power strike differential at distance while Namajunas isn’t too far behind at +5.1.
Both fighters tend to spend between 23-40 seconds of every five minutes in the clinch where each tends to be doing the cage pressing 62-64% of the time. Once again, Andrade has a wide volume edge, landing nearly 50 power shots P5M to Namajunas’ 18.5. But both fighters also tend to prioritize takedown attempts in this position and have had strong success. A typical strawweight attempts 3.7 clinch takedown attempts P5M and lands 39%. Namajunas and Andrade go for 8.1 and 10.7, respectively, and land at a 63-64% clip. On the defensive end, Namajunas has been about average while Andrade has let 64% of opponents’ attempts fell her to the mat. Yet since dropping to strawweight, only Tecia Torres has off-balanced Andrade to the canvas from the clinch, twice.