Rose Namajunas is not the UFC Strawweight Champion anymore, however she may regain her standing because the Queen of the 115-pound division in 2021. She’s anticipated to face Weili Zhang within the first quarter of 2021, and she is going to look to get again to the highest.
Rose Namajunas lately defeated Jessica Andrade by unanimous resolution at UFC 251 – getting revenge towards the Brazilian who defeated her over a yr earlier than that. Whereas it will be fascinating to see how she fights towards probably the greatest feminine MMA fighters on the earth in the present day, Rose Namajunas sat down and spoke to the UFC concerning the notorious Conor McGregor ‘dolly’ incident from March 2018.
Only for somewhat context to those that are unaware – Conor McGregor threw a dolly on a bus stuffed with UFC fighters, concentrating on Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Russian was the goal of Conor McGregor after he berated the Irishman’s good pal Artem Lobov at a resort.
The controversy noticed Conor McGregor get arrested, and it led to the most important MMA pay-per-view bout of all time in October that yr. What many individuals overlook is that Rose Namajunas was not solely on the identical bus that was attacked, however she was within the riskiest place.
In UFC Yr of the Fighter, Thug Rose Namaunas mirrored on the incident and revealed the way it affected her forward of her title battle towards Joanna Jedrzejczyk:
“It was like an eternity being in that bus, as a result of I had no thought who was attacking us. Unexpectedly, I see a giant previous fist bang on my window and I see the safety guard seize one of many dudes. I did not realize it was Conor [McGregor] till somewhat bit later. When he threw the dolly, the bus was backing as much as the elevator spot. As he threw it to the window proper in entrance of me, however had the bus not been transferring, it might have hit my window. In my head, as soon as I discovered it was Conor, I used to be a bit relieved, however I nonetheless was on edge as a result of it took me again to once I was a child – driving to highschool by way of unhealthy neighorhoods, and other people would throw s**t at our bus. And I’ve by no means been utterly cornered like that. We have been simply sitting there, not in management. So what did I do in that second? I stated the lord’s prayer once more. And it did make me really feel higher in that second and it bought me by way of that powerful second. And every thing that was from my childhood, I fought to get out of. And that is again to silly avenue s**t. I do not wish to be round that anymoe. It was what I fought my approach out of. So right here I discover myself once more in that very same spot. However on the identical time I got here again to it, and that is additionally what I am right here for, so I took it as motivation to indicate the world that it wasn’t going to cease me.”
The aftermath of the incident for Rose Namajunas
The truth that Rose Namajunas bought by way of it and went on to defend the Strawweight Championship is one thing that proves how nice she is. Rose Namajunas confronted Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a rematch and defeated her through resolution after 5 rounds.
Wanting again on it, Rose Namajunas informed the UFC that she was nonetheless rattled main as much as the battle and, till the primary spherical, was extraordinarily tense. She pushed by way of it and acknowledged that sticking to her fundamentals helped. Finally, it proved to be a profitable night time for Rose Namajunas, and he or she might be seeking to repeat that in 2021.
Printed 02 Dec 2020, 12:21 IST