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Rose Namajunas Says Carla Esparza Rematch At UFC 274 Was “One Of The Most Boring Fights Ever”

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat Banerjee is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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Rose Namajunas addresses her most recent outing in the Octagon- the loss in the rematch against the reigning UFC Women’s Strawweight champion Carla Esparza last year- as one of the most boring fights of all time.

“Thug Rose”, who is set to make a comeback this Saturday at UFC Paris in her flyweight debut against Manon Fiorot, locked horns against Esparza for the second time in the co-main event of UFC 274 in May last year.

The highly anticipated rematch, which was eight years in the making, was hardly exciting as both fighters barely made contact for the five rounds, and at the end, it was “Cookie Monster” who secured a split decision win, making her record 2-0 over Namajunas and reinstating her as the 115-pound champion.

Now, as she prepares for a come back after a hiatus of 15 months, Namajunas recalls the Esparza rematch during the UFC Paris media day, calling it one of the most uneventful contests of all time.

“That was definitely one of the most boring fights ever,” said Namajunas. “I don’t know. I guess being the fighter, it feels a little bit different because it’s not just a sport for me. It’s an art, and when someone critiques your art, you get a little emotional about it.”

“But ultimately it’s fair to say what they had to say. It was really, nothing really happened. I just, I was kind of in my feelings [after the loss] because there’s always this unspoken thing. Like the challenger has to take it to get it right, but eh. It’s my fault,” she added. [H/T BJPenn.com]

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