She may have only snagged second place in the TUF: 20 season, but Rose Namajunas took away top honors tonight, taking Angela Hill’s best on the feet and putting her away on the ground (er, well, feet actually).
For about two minutes the two traded, with Namajunas unafraid of the wealth of kickboxing experience Hill had and more than willing to feed her kicks and punches. Hill seemed taken aback at that tact at first – “Thug Rose” is a submission machine, after all – but when she realized she could set herself and start firing back, Hill did.
That’s when Namajunas capitalized. Scoring with a takedown off a punch, she put Hill on the canvas and went to work, and when Hill tried to scramble, Namajunas took her back.
Hill rose to her feet wearing her foe like a backpack – a backpack working a rear naked choke – and it wasn’t long before she fell forward, unconscious.
The official time of the technical submission was 2:47 of Round 1.