In Numbers: Rose Namajunas vs. Tracy Cortez

July 8, 2024
A reshuffled deck does little to bother Rose Namajunas.

The two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s strawweight titleholder on July 13 will confront divisional upstart Tracy Cortez in the UFC on ESPN 59 headliner at Ball Arena in Denver. Namajunas has rattled off seven victories across her past 10 outings. She last fought on March 23, when she laid claim to a five-round unanimous decision over former Jungle Fight champion Amanda Ribas in their UFC on ESPN 53 main event. A short-notice substitution for Maycee Barber, Cortez greets the most significant opportunity of her career on an 11-fight winning streak. She last competed at UFC Fight Night 227, where she outpointed Jasmine Jasudavicius to a unanimous decision on Sept. 16.

As Namajunas and Cortez approach their forthcoming clash in the Mile High City, a look at some of the numbers that accompany them to this point:

32: Years of age for Namajunas, who was born on June 29, 1992 in Milwaukee. Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” Mariah Carey’s “I’ll Be There,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge,” Kriss Kross’ “Jump” and Celine Dion’s “If You Asked Me To” were the top five songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list at the time.

5: Namajunas wins by submission, accounting for 42% of her career total (12). Her methods of choice: four rear-naked chokes and one flying armbar. Namajunas holds two other wins by knockout or technical knockout (16%) and five more by decision (42%).

12: Consecutive calendar years in which Namajunas has fought at least once. In addition to her 1-0 mark in 2024, she went 2-1 in 2013, 0-1 in 2014, 2-0 in 2015, 1-1 in 2016, 2-0 in 2017, 1-0 in 2018, 0-1 in 2019, 1-0 in 2020, 2-0 in 2021, 0-1 in 2022 and 0-1 in 2023.

7: Submission attempts for Namajunas as a UFC women’s strawweight, placing her ninth on the promotion’s all-time list at 115 pounds. Only Mackenzie Dern (15), Jaqueline Amorim (11), Lupita Godinez (10), Cynthia Calvillo (nine), Polyana Viana (nine), Virna Jandiroba (nine), Michelle Waterson-Gomez (eight) and Claudia Gadelha (eight) have been credited with more.

86: Combined victories between the five women—Carla Esparza (twice), Manon Fiorot, Jessica Andrade, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Tecia Pennington—who have beaten Namajunas. They boast a cumulative .711 winning percentage at 86-35.

30: Years of age for Cortez, who was born in Phoenix on Dec. 10, 1993. “Wayne’s World 2,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,” “Geronimo: An American Legend” and “A Perfect World” were the top five movies at the domestic box office at the time.

1: Cortez victory by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 9% of her career total (11). She put away Karen Cedillo with second-round punches at a Combate Global show on Sept. 14, 2018. Cortez owns one other victory by submission (9%) and nine more by decision (82%).

103: Significant strikes landed by Cortez in her three-round encounter with Jasudavicius. It established a new personal high-water mark for the Fight Ready product.

6: Organizations for which Cortez has suited up as a professional mixed martial artist. She has gone 5-0 in the UFC, 2-1 in Invicta Fighting Championships, 1-0 in Dana White’s Contender Series, 1-0 in Combate Global, 1-0 in V3 Fights and 1-0 in the World Fighting Federation.

.623: Cumulative winning percentage between the five women—Jasudavicius, Melissa Gatto, Justine Kish, Stephanie Egger and Vanessa Melo—Cortez has defeated since she joined the UFC roster. They sport a combined record of 47-28-2.


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