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Justin Gaethje Reveals Rose Namajunas’ Involvement in His Loss Against Charles Oliveira: “Emotions Got to Me”

Published 03/15/2023, 6:00 AM EDT

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Justin Gaethje is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining fighters in the UFC today. He has a fan-friendly fighting style, incredible power, and an iron chin. Gaethje’s rise in the UFC has been nothing short of impressive, as he has quickly become one of the top lightweights in the world.

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Unfortunately, Gaethje suffered a setback in his last fight against Charles Oliveria at UFC 274. Oliveria was able to submit the American with a rear-naked choke in the second round, ending Gaethje’s quest for the lightweight title. Nevertheless, it was a disappointing result for the former interim Lightweight champion, who had looked great in his previous fight against Michael Chandler.

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In a recent interview, Gaethje opened up about how his teammate Rose Namajunas’ fight affected him ahead of his title fight against Oliveria.


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 Gaethje couldn’t control his emotions

UFC 274 had an exciting lineup. Justin Gaethje faced Charles Oliveria in the main event for the lightweight title. In the co-main event, Rose Namajunas was facing Carla Esparza for the women’s strawweight title. Namajunas had just lost her strawweight title via split decision, and Gaethje was emotional after watching her fight.

Gaethje admitted that the emotions got to him and that he didn’t recognize himself in the cage that night. He felt like he let his emotions overcome his ability to be perfect and that he was far from perfect in his fight against Oliveria. It was a candid admission from Gaethje, who is known for his toughness and grit inside the octagon.


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“I really got caught up and you know I’m human and the emotions got to me. Went out there, I don’t even recognize myself in that cage that night because of um the factor of the emotions that I let overcome my ability to be perfect. I was far from perfect and that’s what I took away from (the fight)”. 

What kind of relationship does Gaethje and Namajunas have?

Justin Gaethje & Rose Namajunas


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The relationship between Justin Gaethje and Rose Namajunas is a close one. They have trained together for years, and the lightweight star has been a vocal supporter of Namajunas throughout her career. In fact, Gaethje has often said that he learns more from Namajunas than anyone else in the gym.

It’s not uncommon for fighters to have close relationships with their training partners. They spend countless hours together in the gym, forming a bond that goes beyond the octagon.


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Gaethje’s fight with Fiziev will be a test of his mental fortitude, but he will undoubtedly be ready to put on a show for his fans. What did you make of Gaethje’s comments? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Written by:

Sushant Sharma


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Sushant is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He has been actively contributing to the field of writing for over 2 years. He is a huge UFC fan and has been following it since 2016.
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Amal Joyce