If the Ultimate Fighter has been consistent in anything for the last 11 years, it’s in the loose hyperbole being flung at its jailbirds. One of the more famous examples was Rose Namajunas, who was teased as the “next Ronda Rousey” during the airing of TUF 20, the strawweight season that the “Thug” was a contestant on.
Rousey, at that moment, was ten inches taller than her nearest UFC counterpart — a crossover star who’d long stopped checking her Twitter mentions. It was a hell of a leap for a prospect still operating on raw emotion. If Namajunas had been accused of being the next Roxanne Modafferi, say, maybe she’d have whipped Carla Esparza in the TUF finale and taken home the belt.
(Then again, if Phillipe Nover was really the next Anderson Silva — as he was once very casually accused — Queens would be down one of its most reliable nurses, so who can really say?)
But in some ways, now that we’re a step or two removed from the fictions of reality TV, Rose Namajunas certainly appears to be the next Rose Namajunas. She’s emerging as a star using her own reasonable expectations and her own way of dealing with the pressure cooker of fighting. Somewhere along the way, Namajunas began controlling her narrative, too. She has shaved her head, not because she’s become a Hare Krishna or a super-fan of Mad Max, but because hair gets in the way. Her fighting has improved, too.
She’s steadily getting comfortable in the Octagon.
It was in evidence again on Saturday night at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa. Namajunas, thrust into the co-main event against Tecia Torres as the card went through its many revisions, showed how much more she’s grown into her ….View full article
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