(UFC.com)Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres Gain Spotlight They Deserve Dana Becker April 15, 2016 News, Previews, Spotlight, UFC Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres are two of the most exciting fighters in the UFC’s strawweight division. And for different reasons. With all the changes made to Saturday’s UFC on FOX 19 lineup, the two contenders – and former adversaries – find themselves in a key role on the card as the co-main event to Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans. In all likelihood, more importance belongs to this match than the recently-cancelled co-main between Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson, which should allow these incredible ladies to perform for the Tampa crowd and those watching. Namajunas (4-2) has picked up two straight submission victories, with the latter being her biggest win to date. The 23-year-old former Ultimate Fighter runner-up finished off Paige VanZant in the fifth round of their contest this past December in the headline bout. The gifted Wisconsin native has went to a decision only once in her six pro bouts, with that being a 2013 loss to Torres in Invicta FC. Her other defeat came to former UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza in the finals of TUF. For Namajunas, this fight is all about getting Torres out early. If she can do what she did to Angela Hill back at UFC 192 or Kathina Catron when she scored a 12-second flying armbar submission, her next bout could be for the UFC title. Torres (7-0) has a different resume to boot, as all seven of her fights – including three inside the Octagon – have gone the full 15 minutes. She was a competitor on the same season of TUF as Namajunas, suffering a stunning upset in the first round to Randa Markos. Due to an injury, though, the 26-year-old gained another shot, besting Bec Rawlings before falling to eventual winner Esparza via majority decision. Like Namajunas, the “Tiny Tornado” must feel like a win over her opponent gains her a shot at the coveted belt. Her list of UFC wins include Angela Magana, Hill and Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger. So, while Machida-Henderson might have carried more weight in terms of notoriety, you can bet Namajunas-Torres will do all they can to blow the roof off the Amalie Arena this Saturday night.