- Rose Namajunas sincerely apologized to her fans for her UFC 274 title fight loss on social media
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk gave “Thug” some words of encouragement
In an uneventful title fight, former women’s strawweight champion Carla Esparza dethroned Rose Namajunas at UFC 274. The rematch between two of the best 115-pounders in the world did not play out as advertised, but Namajunas insisted that she felt she won the fight.
Shortly after claiming she beat Esparza again, “Thug” made a huge turnaround and issued an apology for underperforming.
🗣 BY SPLIT DECISION!@CarlaEsparza1 is the NEW SW champion of the world 🏆
— UFC (@ufc) May 8, 2022
“Thug” beat herself up
In a statement she posted on Instagram. Namajunas’ tone was a complete opposite of what it was during the post-fight press conference. Instead of insisting she won, “Thug” beat herself up for not being able to deliver.
“Sorry to everyone I f***** up,” “Definitely feel like a s****y human being but this will make me a better [fighter] hats off to Carla [Esparza] and thanks to everyone who’s been there for me,” Namajunas wrote.
A message from an old foe
In the comments section, a host of UFC fighters reassured Namajunas, including Gilbert Burns, Sarah McMann and Mallory Martin. However, the one that stood out the most was the encouraging message from her past rival and now fellow former strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
“Don’t be sorry Champ! You don’t have to,” wrote Jedrzejczyk, whom Namajunas beat twice in the past to retain the women’s strawweight strap. “It’s a tough business we’re in! Get some rest!!”
It is yet to be known who Namajunas will face next now that she has already lost her belt. However, the 29-year-old has already confirm after UFC 274 that she will be eyeing for an instant rematch with Esparza.