Rose Namajunas Makes Admission On Potential Move To 125 Pounds
It seems like Rose Namajunas has made her future career ambitions clear. The 30-year-old will be working hard in the gym in the off-season and hasn’t ruled out a potential 125-lb move.
“Win or lose, going into the last fight, I knew I was going to take some time off,” Namajunas told MMA Fighting.
“I knew I was going to at least take the summer off. I’ll say around September, I’ll know exactly what I’ll be doing. I have been training a little bit, but not super consistent. I did have this little shoulder issue that I’ve been trying to rehab, and there was this girl Isis [Verbeek] who just won her Invicta fight that came into town, so I got to train with her a little bit, just some little stuff trying to stay active so I’m not on the couch completely.”
As a result of her recent disappointment against Carla Esparza at UFC 274, Namajunas had an unclear future. The American athlete has held the UFC strawweight title more than once in her career.
However, she didn’t have any route for a rematch, which opened the door for new potential opportunities. The 30-year-old will be focusing on improving her skills and physicality during the off-season before opting for UFC 274.
If a run at 125 pounds were to occur, a future bout with champion Valentina Shevchenko would be likely.
“I love Valentina,” Namajunas explained.
“In my opinion, and I always forget that Amanda Nunes is the women’s GOAT of MMA, but Valentina, if she keeps doing what she’s doing, you could make that case [for her] as well. I do consider myself to be Valentina’s friend, so in order for me to do that, we would have to be set up, not for life, but it would have to be for a very good reason for me to even want to step to her.”