Rose Namajunas is no longer the UFC strawweight champion. She lost that distinction in the main event of UFC 237 on Saturday night, when she was put to sleep by a wicked slam courtesy of her challenger, Jessica Andrade.
Despite this abrupt and brutal end to her reign as UFC strawweight queen, Rose Namajunas seems to be in good spirits.
Speaking on her Instagram account, she divulged that UFC President Dana White had picked her walkout music for this fight (Thunderstruck by AC/DC), and joked that, after the unfavourable outcome of the fight, she won’t be giving him this responsibility again.
“That’s the last time I let @danawhite pick my walk out song 😑 Thank you Brazil I will never forget this experience 🙏🏼” – Rose Namajunas on Instagram.
Namajunas’ manager, Brian Butler, later provided some clarity as to why Dana White was given the responsibility of picking her walkout music. Apparently, after enduring technical difficulties in the past, Namajunas wasn’t really concerned with the song choice and decided to let the UFC boss handle it to avoid disappointment.
“So there were technical difficulties for @rosenamajunas walk out songs her past 2 fights so when the @ufc asked what she wanted this time she said she didn’t care and to have @danawhitepick the song… well played #thugrose😂 *She is in good spirits 🙏🏼” – Brian Butler on Instagram.
Prior to her loss to Jessica Andrade, Rose Namajunas was on a three-fight streak. This streak was composed of a pair of wins over Joanna Jedrzejczyk — a knockout and a decision — and a submission of Michelle Waterson. Her next most recent loss occurred in July of 2016 when she gave up a razor close decision to Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Now 8-4 overall, Namajunas has expressed uncertainty surrounding the future of her fighting career, and even suggested that she could potentially be retiring.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/12/2019.