Rose Namajunas scored the UFC strawweight championship after defeating reigning champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk with a stunning first-round knockout victory in the pay-per-view bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 4, 2017.
After the win, in her post-fight speech, she was preaching a message of positivity.
That positive attitude came through as the newly crowned champion spoke about the increase in trash talk in the MMA world. Moreover, she said, her goal is to change the way those outside the MMA sphere look at fighters.
Recently, Rose Namajunas appears on MMA Hour, where she encourages others to be a better person.
“Me saying that this belt don’t mean nothing, it’s not really that it doesn’t mean anything, it’s just it doesn’t mean as much if you’re just an a**hole, you know what I mean?” Namajunas said. “Me being the best in the world, it doesn’t mean that much to me if I’m not a good person at the end of the day, if I’m not setting a good example for other people to be better to each other.
“What’s the point of being the best in the world if you scratch and claw your way to the top and you push everybody down instead of lifting everybody else up with you?”
why this positive message and bringing a harmony is so important to Rose Namajunas, as in the past she was the victim of sexual abuse, and her late father’s struggles with schizophrenia who eventually had to leave the family. Those remarks came up front during the built up of her fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217.
She has frequently positioned herself as a potential source of inspiration to fans who may need help. Now the dust is settled between her and Joanna until the rematch put together. She gained some popularity and status after crowning the title.
“I think we’ve been sitting around trying to figure out what’s different and I think that’s what’s different,” Namajunas said. “There’s not really much that has changed. We’ve gotten some opportunities that have come by us, but not nothing really that is not what I kind of envisioned, it would be like all kinds of crazy and stuff.”
Rose Namajunas (7-3) won five of her last six fights and positioned herself as a top contender in the 115 division.
“There were times where I didn’t know for sure this is how it’s going to happen, but I had a strong feeling that it would,” Namajunas said. “Even though there was a lot of challenges that I had to get over, the stars seemed to align for me, certain blessings and people that were brought into my life.
“One, just for example that popped into my head, Valentina Shevchenko and her team coming into town was a huge help for me and just getting to know them was awesome. Just little things like that proved that this is where I’m supposed to be and it’s just kind of my destiny I felt.”