Rose Namajunas: ‘I Got What I Wanted’ From UFC 274 Rematch With Carla Esparza

    ByRoss Markey

    May 12, 2022
    Rose Namajunas

    Former two-time UFC strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas has explained that despite the result, she managed to obtain what she had desired from her rematch with Carla Esparza last week at UFC 274 in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Namajunas, who co-headlined the Footprint Center card in the Copper State, suffered a forgettable split decision (47-48, 49-46, 48-47) loss to Torrance native, Esparza in the pair’s title rematch – dropping her second defeat to the latter following The Ultimate Fighter 20 finale in December 2014 where Esparza became the inaugural strawweight champion with a rear-naked choke. 

    Off the back of the defeat, Rose Namajunas, a native of Wisconsin, received mass criticism for her performance against Esparza, with the defending champion rarely ever attacking offensively over the course of the twenty five minute limit. 

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    However, Namajunas detailed how she believed that she had done enough to successfully defend her strawweight title against Esparza, given the fact the challenger had yet to mount any significant offense herself over the course of the fight.

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    Commenting on her performance during an impromptu interview on The MMA Hour after her coach and fiancé, Pat Barry had received criticizm for his corner work – Namajunas claimed that she had got what she had sought from her re-run with Esparza, despite dropping the title.

    “Just in a general sense, I will say it just basically had to do with, I have my three goals,” Rose Namajunas said. “My base-level goal is come out unscathed, like happy, healthy and safe. And then number two was obviously win the fight. And then… ultimately (number three) was not only win, but dominate and set myself apart from the rest of the division. That’s why I talked about it in all my interviews leading up to it.”

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    “I literally said I’ll take what I can get though, because ultimately, for this fight, all it matters is that I’m happy, healthy, and safe, because of just the patterns in which my career’s gone and all that stuff,” Rose Namajunas explained. “That’s the main thing. And so, as far as all the things I wanted to get out of this, I got base-level everything that I wanted, as far as, I got what I wanted out of it. And it’s crazy – it might sound crazy to people, because I think they look at Carla (Esparza) as just Carla, you know? And it’s like, no, there were many moments to get in a lot of danger.” (Transcribed by MMA Fighting)