VIDEO: The Reason Behind Rose Namajunas’ Short Hair

Published 04/22/2021, 12:54 PM EDT


UFC women’s strawweight title contestant and former champion Rose Namajunas is set for her clash with current champion Zhang Weili. The matchup is built as the co-main event at UFC 261, which is to take place on April 24, 2021.

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Namajunas is known for many things like submission specialty, and her nickname. But there is one more thing that made quite a bit of a headline when it was done. Her haircut.

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Before she met Paige VanZant for their main event clash at UFC Fight Night 80 on Dec 10, 2015, ‘Thug’ had her previously blonde long hair cut off.

The fighter even had something to say on her Instagram handle about the same. She had added a picture of her new hairstyle with the caption in the photo, “It’s a fight not a beauty pageant. Sh**’s in my way at practice… cut it off.”

During the interview prior to her fight, she was asked if she’s surprised that so many people have made stories about her haircut. She said she wasn’t surprised by it and asked why hair is even a big deal. ‘Thug’ said, “Like, I’m not surprised but at the same time I ask the question why is hair even a big deal?

She further had asked why should anybody even care about it and proclaimed further that’s the way society is. She mentioned further that this haircut in a way was targeted at people thinking of this sport as a beauty pageant.

‘Thug’ mentioned that she was always into sports growing up and didn’t want to do anything with her hair. She even said she didn’t even know how to treat her hair properly.

How Rose Namajunas’ haircut was perceived by Pat Barry?

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UFC heavyweight fighter Pat Barry was very clear while giving the interview before her fight with VanZant. “It’s just a haircut”, he had proclaimed. He further asked, “what is the haircut have to do with the fight? I have no idea.”

Barry explained further that Namajunas cut it off because it was a hindrance for her while training and everything else. The heavyweight fighter had praised her fiance for her determination to be the best in the world. She wanted to be associated with the fight world and not wanting to look pretty for the other world.

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Namajunas has her task cut out as she faces Weili for the gold. Something astonishing would take to defeat Weili as she is still unconquered at UFC in five matches till now. Who do you think will walk out as champion?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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