The final 12 months few years have been eventful for the previous UFC strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas (8-4). After struggling some early setbacks in her profession, she shocked the world by knocking out Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 217 to win the title. She cemented her standing after defeating Jedrzejczyk a second time at UFC 223. Nonetheless, Namajunas fell on powerful instances following that struggle.

The week of UFC 223, Conor McGregor’s notorious bus assault occurred. Namajunas was on the bus, and she or he was visibly shaken by the occasion. Following her win that weekend, she stepped away from the game for a 12 months. She was scuffling with a couple of issues, and she or he was struggling to seek out the eagerness for the game. She returned at UFC 237 in opposition to Jessica Andrade (20-7). After dominating early, Namajunas was knocked out by a vicious slam.

It was unclear if Namajunas would struggle once more after that loss. Standard knowledge would say that after all a former champion coming into her prime would struggle once more, however Namajunas was struggling to like the game that she was so nice at. Nonetheless, lately she discovered the spark once more, and she or he instructed ESPN’s Ariel Helwani all about it.

Coming again for her UFC title

“That is what I like to do…I’m a martial artist.” Namajunas instructed Helwani. Whereas she stated she doesn’t miss what she went by as champion, she acknowledged that she did miss having the title. Realistically a win at UFC 251 places her in line to struggle champion Weili Zhang (21-1). When requested concerning the present champ, Namajunas solely had the best of reward.

“I’d like to struggle her sooner or later. She’s a real martial artist…Like, she’s the sh*t,” Namajunas instructed Helwani. I actually consider that Namajunas is a greater fighter than Jessica Andrade. No disrespect to Andrade, however she was getting completely dominated earlier than that slam knockout. If that slam doesn’t happen, I don’t suppose Andrade would have lasted the complete struggle.

When she returns, I’m anticipating large issues from Namajunas at UFC 251. I believe when she’s mentally on, it’s laborious to wager in opposition to her. I believe she’s bought all the benefits in opposition to Andrade exterior of pure power. A motivated Namajunas is a harmful lady, I believe she’s going to indicate her greatness on Battle Island this July. If she takes care of enterprise, I can’t await the potential struggle between her and the champion, Zhang.