Editor’s note: The article has been updated on 4/9/20 at 3:30
p.m. ET to reflect additional information.
Namajunas’ long-awaited Octagon return won’t happen at UFC
Just days after the promotion announced a 12-bout card for the
event that included the original co-headliner between Namajunas and
Andrade, the former strawweight champion has withdrawn from the
Combate was first to report the news. The reason behind
Namajunas’ exit is due to multiple deaths in the family related to
the coronavirus, according to her management team of SuckerPunch
Entertainment on Thursday.
UFC 249 takes place on April 18 and is headlined by an interim
lightweight title fight between Tony
Ferguson and Justin
Gaethje. While a location for the event has yet to be
officially confirmed by the UFC, it will reportedly take place
Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, Calif. The promotion is
currently seeking a replacement opponent for Andrade.
Namajunas hasn’t competed since relinquishing the 115-pound belt to
Andrade at UFC 237 in May 2019. “Thug” Rose contemplated retirement
after the slam KO defeat but
ultimately elected to resume her MMA career. Namajunas owns an
8-4 career mark that includes wins over Joanna
Jedrzejczyk (twice), Michelle
VanZant and Angela
Andrade last appeared at UFC Fight Night 157, where she lost the
strawweight crown to Weili Zhang
in a 42-second technical knockout defeat.