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After 65 Seconds Loss, UFC Legend Michael Bisping Points Out Why Former Champ Rose Namajunas Lost Her Title

Published 01/07/2023, 10:24 AM EST

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Former UFC champion Michael Bisping shared his opinion on Rose Namajunas on a recent episode of ‘BELIEVE YOU ME’ podcast which the Englishman hosts on his YouTube channel. Bisping covered the topic of Namajunas’ recent BJJ bout which went against her way. The British former fighter also gave an interesting opinion on Rose’s fight with Carla Esparza which for many was a hugely unpopular one.

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While talking about Rose’s BJJ bout with Gillian Robertson at the Fury Professional grappling, which Namajunas lost in 65 seconds, the former British UFC fighter felt he had a better understanding of the underwhelming performance Rose had against Carla Esparza at UFC 274. 

Michael Bisping talks about Rose Namajuna’s grappling bout against Jillian Robinson

The 43-year-old Hall of Famer in a conversation with Anthony Smith, while discussing the grappling match, commended Gillian as a ‘great grappler’ but emphasized that Rose’s lack of confidence in her grappling could have led to the loss against Esparza.

“Gillian Robertson tapping out Rose Namajunas in just 65 seconds, obviously, a massive win for Gillian Robertson there, but you know only a grappling event but when I saw that the real talking point was I mean listen you know Robertson is a very good Grappler, but that there makes me understand why she(Namajunas) was so timid. Namajunas played it so safe in that fight against Carla Esparza.”  expressed Bisping. 


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The former Middleweight champ clearly feels Rose played it safe against Carla owing to the possible skill gap in wrestling between the two. The fact that Carla submitted Rose the first time they met was also a big factor according to Bisping.

“I do think when I watched that I was like because Esparza had tapped her out the first time I believe when they fought, didn’t tap her the second time but you see you can see it was there it was messing with her mentally do you know what I mean uh it’s always at the back of the mind, “ said the 43-year-old.

Michael Bisping commends Rose Namajunas

Although Namajunas had a disappointing outing against Carla Esparza, Bisping feels that the 30-year-old former Strawweight champion is moving in the right direction with her recent grappling bout.


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“For Rose to be fair is very humble of her to do so because as you say it’s not her strong point you know and more than likely going to forget someone that is known for jujitsu, you’re going to lose but what happens, you develop you get better you know what I mean” expressed Michael.

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Rose’s performance against Esparza was clearly underwhelming and not surprisingly the fight was even branded the worst title fight in UFC history. 


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With the grappling event, it’s obvious that Namajunas is planning to work more on the grappling aspect of her game. And as Bisping rightly said, we might see the former Strawweight champ develop into a much better fighter in the future.

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Pragjyoti Singh


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Pragjyoti is a UFC writer at Essentially Sports. He is extremely passionate about MMA and has a good understanding of the sport and its technicalities. Having trained in the sport along with a passion for journalism, it has helped him develop a keen interest in the UFC and anything related to the promotion.
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