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Not all that long ago, UFC president Dana White didn’t believe in having women fight in his organization. However, the sensation that was Ronda Rousey changed all that.
Rousey has long since retired from the sport and now women headline UFC cards once in a while. That is the case this Saturday night from Brazil when Rose Namajunas puts her strawweight title on the line against top challenger Jessica Andrade. Not often a champion is a betting underdog but Namajunas is even-money and Andrade is at -130 odds.
If it seems like the UFC is in Brazil often, that’s because it’s true. That country is perhaps more MMA-crazy than even the United States and many legends of the sport are from Brazil. The 27-year-old Andrade (19-6) is from the country. She began her career at bantamweight but is 6-1 since moving to strawweight. That loss was to former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a title fight at UFC 211. Andrade has won three in a row since, finishing off Karolina Kowalkiewicz last time out at UFC 228 by first-round knockout with one devastating punch.