Rose Namajunas shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world last night (Sat., Nov. 4, 2017) by knocking out Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the very first round to become the new women’s Strawweight champion inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.
It was truly one of the bigger upsets in recent memory, as Joanna was the heavy favorite, and previously dominated all of her fights including winning five straight title defenses.
Prior to the title fight, Namajunas had to endure Joanna’s constant trash talk and infamous staredowns which she is known for, and even had to fight back the urge to spit fire of her own after Jedrzejczyk took aim at Rose’s past personal and mental issues.
Nevertheless, “Thug Rose” remained calm, cool and collected even in victory, saying now that she is champion she won’t convert to become a trash talker, as she aims to spread nothing but positive vibes during her reign.
“In mixed martial arts, there’s just been a lot of trash talking. People aren’t really being true to themselves or honest,” said Rose during the post-fight press conference. “Maybe that’s just what they feel they need to do to entertain, but I’m kind of sick of it. I’m sick of all the hate and anger. I feel like we have a duty as fighters to try and be a better example,” she added.
“Martial arts is about honor and respect. You know? It takes a lot of courage to get in that cage no matter who you are. So I just want to try and set an example in that way. Just with the rest of the world, too. I think there’s a lot of negativity everywhere you look. It’s just negativity all the time. I’m just trying to be that positive light as much as possible. I’m not perfect, either. But maybe we’ll figure out how to make this world a better place,” she concluded.
How can you not respect that?
Indeed, while many champions such as Joanna, former Middleweight champion Michael Bisping and current Lightweight champion Conor McGregor are known for their pre-fight banter which at times seem excessive, Namajunas is taking a different approach.
And that’s just fine with UFC president Dana White, as he said during the post-fight presser that fans don’t show up to hear people talk -- no matter how good you are it it -- as long as you deliver come fight night like Rose did.
And she delivered in a big way — as did the rest of the event -- en route to winning her first-ever world title, ushering in a new, positive reign at 115 pounds in the process.
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