Former UFC Champion Rose Namajunas recollects how the Conor McGregor ‘dolly’ incident affected her

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’s going to look to get again to the highest.

Rose Namajunas just lately defeated Jessica Andrade by unanimous determination at UFC 251 – getting revenge in opposition to the Brazilian who defeated her over a yr earlier than that. Whereas it’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how she fights in opposition to top-of-the-line feminine MMA fighters on the planet at this time, Rose Namajunas sat down and spoke to the UFC concerning the notorious Conor McGregor ‘dolly’ incident from March 2018.

Only for a little bit context to those that are unaware – Conor McGregor threw a dolly on a bus filled 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 in opposition to Joanna Jedrzejczyk:

“It was like an eternity being in that bus, as a result of I had no thought who was attacking us. Hastily, I see a giant outdated fist bang on my window and I see the safety guard seize one of many dudes.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 a little bit 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 shifting, 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 – using to high school by means of dangerous neighorhoods, and folks would throw s**t at our bus. And I’ve by no means been utterly cornered like that. We had been simply sitting there, not in management. So what did I do in that second? I mentioned the lord’s prayer once more. And it did make me really feel higher in that second and it obtained me by means of that robust second. And every thing that was from my childhood, I fought to get out of. And that is again to silly road s**t. I do not wish to be round that anymoe. It was what I fought my means 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 obtained by means 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 by way of determination after 5 rounds.

Trying 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 means of it and said that sticking to her fundamentals helped. Finally, it proved to be a profitable night time for Rose Namajunas, and he or she will likely be trying to repeat that in 2021.

Printed 02 Dec 2020, 12:21 IST

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