Namajunas Out Of UFC 249 Following Death Of Family Members Via COVID-19
It was previously announced that Rose Namajunas would be out of her UFC 249 co-main event fight against Jessica Andrade. At first, the reason she pulled out was due to undisclosed reasons. Now, unfortunately, we know the reason why.
According to Brian Butler, her manager, two members of Namajunas’ family have died as a result of the coronavirus. The man from Suckerpunch Entertainment posted the following to social media:
“Immediate release: @rosenamajunas withdrew from UFC 249 due to 2 deaths in the family related to the Coronavirus. Her hopes are to return to the Octagon as soon as possible but for now we ask for people to respect their privacy during this time.”
Namajunas would have faced Andrade in a rematch from their UFC 237 bout. The former UFC Strawweight Champion lost her title after Andrade dropped her on the back of her neck. It was revealed she had a fracture and has been out of action to heal, physically and mentally. Through her mental coach, Namajunas revealed she has been in a better place recently.
“Thug Rose” is not the first fighter to lose a member of her family to the coronavirus. Boxer Anthony Yarde lost his grandmother to the disease, a week after losing his father. She is also not the first big fighter to leave UFC 249, scheduled for April 18. Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC Lightweight Champion, decided to stay in Russia to quarantine. One of the reasons why he did that was a result of the lack of location for the event.
Dana White has insisted the event will go on no matter what. UFC 249 will reportedly be taking place on tribal land in California. It is unknown if the UFC will be able to find a replacement opponent for Andrade in just a short period of time.