“That Was Super Awesome” – Rose Namajunas on Halle Berry Putting the Belt on Her After UFC 268

Published 11/09/2021, 11:48 AM EST


Except for the fully stacked card, one of the main attractions at UFC 268 was Halle Berry. The Hollywood star was there to oversee the ceremonial weigh-in face-off of Rose Namajunas and Zhang Weili. After Namajunas won the back-and-forth battle against her opponent, Berry even put the belt on the champion.

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However, Namajunas at first didn’t even realize it was Berry who was standing for the weigh-in face-off. She said it was awesome that the Hollywood star put the belt on her. Namajunas said, “That was super-awesome. At the weigh-ins, I was so lasered and focused and I didn’t notice until, like, right before they were about to read the decision. I was like, ‘Oh, there’s Halle Berry! She’s in here.”

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“And then we kind of just like exchanged a couple of words but she’s like, ‘I love you!’ and I’m like, ‘I love you too!’ But I didn’t know that was her putting on the belt for me. I just heard Dana saying, ‘Hold on, Rose. Hold on,’ because I was like having trouble getting it on. But I didn’t know that was her doing that,” she added.

Halle Berry was at the event to promote her upcoming movie Bruised.

It is intense – Halle Berry on Rose Namajunas and Zhang Weili weigh-in

Halle Berry, as a part of her movie promotion, was at UFC 268. She is staring and directing Bruised, in which she plays an MMA fighter. The movie also stars the UFC women’s flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko.

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During an interview, Berry revealed what it felt like during the weigh-in face-off. Berry said, “This is real. This is intense. I love this game, I love these fighters. It’s amazing. Their energy coming off their bodies, I have worked with many fighters now and have been on this journey for three years. The energy they are carrying right now is palpable.”

After a hard-fought win against Weili, ‘Thug Rose’ would look for some time off. According to many, her next opponent should be Carla Esparza, but UFC President Dana White doesn’t seem in favor of that. While Namajunas had talked about how she will take some time off, she also revealed she will look to return to action in April 2022.

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While for now Namajunas’ opponent is not decided, soon everyone will know who the champion will face.

What did you make of Halle Berry being present at the event? And who do you think ‘Thug Rose’ will face next? Let us know your thoughts!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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