Rose Namajunas Hints at Retirement Following KO Loss in UFC 237 Headliner

By Cole Shelton May 12, 2019


Rose Namajunas attempted to make her second strawweight title defense in enemy territory Saturday night in the main event of UFC 237. Instead, Jessica Andrade slammed the champ on her head and knocked her out cold in the second round of their headlining bout in Rio de Janeiro.

Following the loss, Namajunas was uncertain on her fighting future.

“Going into this one I was like, ‘This might be the last time I ever do this.’ But we’ll see. We’ll take it one day at a time. Like, this is a lot. But it was super fun. I had a great time,” Namajunas told ESPN following UFC 237. “I kind of always think that. But this time was pretty heavy. It’s a lot on Pat and I’s relationship and everything. But like, there’s so much good that comes out of it. You’ve gotta see the bright side of everything. It’s easy to dwell on the negative. But, you kinda have to not give yourself grey hairs either.”

At the post-fight press conference, Namajunas echoed those statements and is unsure if she will step into the Octagon again. And when “Thug Rose” was asked to clarify if that meant retirement she said, “I just want to do something else with my life right now.”

“I don’t know. We’ll see,” Namajunas added. “I’m not gonna make no decisions right now, I don’t know. It’s just hard to keep having fun with this.”

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