Jessica Andrade Wins Title With Unusual Brutal Slam At UFC 237

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Jessica Andrade delivers brutal slam at UFC 237.BT/UFC

Jessica Andrade has won the UFC strawweight title over Rose Namajunas after an extremely brutal slam knockout at UFC 237.

The 27-year-old Brazilian mixed martial artist inflicted a brutal slam on Namajunas, leading fans to debate whether or not the move was legal.

Former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Namajunas landed at a horrifying looking angle, appearing to have barely escaped with her neck intact. The 26-year-old was knocked out during this move, allowing Andrade to claim the title.

You can watch the shocking slam – which took place at Rio de Janeiro’s Jeunesse Arena – for yourself below:

Fans and pros alike have taken to Twitter to discuss the excruciating slam, with many having initially feared Namajunas had broken her neck.

ESPN sports reporter Marc Raimon tweeted:

Oh my word. Jessica Andrade just slam KO’d Rose Namajunas. And we have a new UFC strawweight champion. That was extremely violent. Andrade is a monster. Hope Namajunas is OK.

Professional mixed martial artist Zachary Makovsky also tweeted his concern:

Is that legal? What’s the spike on the head rule?

However, renowned officiator ‘Big’ John McCarthy has waded into the debate to confirm that Andrade’s actions were completely within the rule book:

When Rose goes for the armbar she has a choice to either let go of the armbar or try and hold onto it and go for the ride that Andrade is going to put on her.

There is no illegal slam when a submission is being attempted. It does not matter how she brings her down #AskBJM

Andrade has since shared a clip on Instagram which shows her raising her fist with triumph, captioned, ‘Chegamos’, which translates as ‘we arrived’.

Meanwhile, Namajunas has told BT Sport how the loss was ‘a huge weight off my shoulders’, stating:

Brazil touched my heart. I love everybody out here.

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Julia Banim

Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications. When not Lad-ing about, she enjoys cooking, reading and trying not to fall over in Yoga.