“Rose Doesn’t Love All the Attention” – Dana White Says Rose Namajunas Has a Special Relationship With Fans

Published 04/25/2021, 7:26 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Rose Namajunas battles Jessica Andrade in their strawweight fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Rose Namajunas became the UFC women’s strawweight champion for the second time at UFC 261 by winning against Zhang Weili. At the UFC 261 post-fight press conference, Dana White shared his point-of-view on Rose Namajunas not liking the attention as the UFC champ.

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Namajunas became the UFC women’s strawweight champion for the first time when she defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217. ‘Thug’, who was the underdog for that fight, shocked the world with a first-round TKO victory. 

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After becoming the UFC women’s strawweight champ, she gained a lot of popularity, but didn’t like the attention. Hence, as she regained her belt against Zhang, the question of Namajunas dealing with the attention came to the fore once more.

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In the UFC 261 post-fight press conference, Dana White shared his point-of-view on the same. The UFC President said, “Listen. She is one of the sweetest human beings you will ever meet. We love Rose. But ya, Rose doesn’t love all the attention when she is the champ, and you know it’s one of those things that you have to.”

“You know, it’s part of the gig, it’s part of the deal. But It hasn’t made the fans love her any less. I mean, listen to this place tonight. People love Rose Namajunas. So, we will just let Rose be Rose, and I won’t mess with her. Let her do her thing.”

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Rose Namajunas is the only woman to regain the title in the UFC

As already mentioned above, ‘Thug‘ became the UFC women’s strawweight champion for the first time when she defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217. She followed up with a decision win over the Pole in the rematch at UFC 223.

After her first successful title defense, ‘Thug’ faced Jessica Andrade at UFC 237 and lost her title via a second-round KO. ‘Bate Estaca’ surrendered the belt in her next fight and then lost to Namajunas at UFC 251 to hand the Colorado native a shot at the belt.

In Jacksonville, Namajunas pounced and landed a perfectly timed head kick to snatch the belt from the champion. Consequently, she became the first woman in the UFC to regain a championship.

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Now, Rose ‘Thug’ Namajunas is the current and two-time UFC women’s strawweight champion. It’s for sure one of the greatest accomplishments of her MMA career in the UFC. What did you make of her win? Is she better prepared to handle the attention and scrutiny that comes with being a champion?

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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