Rose Namajunas “at peace” with UFC 274 loss to Carla Esparza: “I got what I needed out of that fight”

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Rose Namajunas has no regrets when it comes to her UFC 274 fight against Carla Esparza earlier this year.

Rose Namajunas is a former two-time UFC strawweight champion.

Namajunas (11-5-0) lost the strawweight championship at the UFC 274 event this past May after dropping a split decision to Carla Esparza. The fight was widely criticized by fans due to an extreme lack of action, with both women being hesitant to engage whatsoever.

During a recent chat with MMA Junkie, Namajunas opened up about her feelings about the fight.

I definitely got what I needed out of that fight. I know that for the fans it was terrible (laughs). I definitely pride myself on being a very exciting fighter and I’ve always had exciting fights. But I realized that being a mixed martial artist, I am an artist and you don’t always have Mona Lisas, right? Sometimes you just have splotches and abstract art pieces. So, as much as it might have sucked for the fans, for myself, I got the bare minimum I needed out of whatever personal things that I was looking for, but yeah, I would have liked to obviously won and win in devastating, dominant fashion.” she said.

Going forward, I feel pretty at peace with it. I mean, definitely being a martial artist and a competitor, that definitely has a little fire inside. I can still be a little salty sometimes when I think about it (laughs). But I’ve been through this before, I’ve been here and I know that that’s just what I needed. So, I’m fully grateful for everything.” she continued.

Since the big fight, Namajunas has become the subject of a new UFC documentary movie titled “Thug Rose: Mixed Martial Artist”. The film recently premiered at the Austin Film Fest and will be released globally on November 9 via UFC Fight Pass.

Meanwhile, Carla Esparza will return to the cage at next week’s UFC 281 event when she puts her strawweight title on the line against Zhang Weili. The event takes place from the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States.

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