Joe Rogan breaks down the near-unlimited star-potential of the newly-crowned 115lb champ Rose Namajunas.
UFC 217 was a fight-card that just went far beyond description in terms of its incomparable shock value. Although we are now a few days removed from the night itself, the energy-levels within the world of mixed martial arts got a kick that was well-needed after the somewhat underwhelming year we’ve just witnessed.
Of course, three title fights saw three different champions lose their belts but despite the incredible victories from the former-champ TJ Dillashaw and the returning-Georges St-Pierre, I can’t recall a fight that left us all so collectively in shock as Rose Namajunas’ unbelievable first-round knockout of Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the women’s strawweight belt.
The manner in which ‘Thug’ Rose defeated Joanna at her own game in terms of both her mental strength and in-octagon prowess has seen many describe the win as one of the greatest and most shocking upsets in the history of the UFC. But for those who have followed Namajunas since her earliest days, the growth she has shown since her UFC debut makes the fact that she now holds the belt a bit less surprising.
The manner in which she destroyed the Polish superstar on the feet, however, left virtually everyone’s jaw on the floor.
Joe Rogan spoke with Brendan Schaub on a recent edition of his popular podast The Joe Rogan Experience and not only praised the new-champ on her win, but put forth his faith in the near-unlimited star-potential that this young woman possesses.
“I hope the UFC realises, and I think they do, that’s a f***ing star, that’s a real star. I mean a real star. She’s 25-years-old, she’s got the look, she shaves her head, she’s a beautiful person and a genuinely good person.
“Like when she was talking after the fight and she was saying ‘y’all just be nice to each other’, that’s real, that’s coming from her.
“When you look like her and you weigh 115lbs and you f**k up the Boogeywoman, crowds are going to gravitate. I guarantee you. If she doesn’t become as big a star as anyone else in women’s MMA, I would be stunned.
Rose’s confidence throughout the buildup and the manner in which she refused to play into the hands of formerly-dominant champ Joanna earned her a lot of fans in itself but when you couple that with that fact that her emotional post-fight speech has already garnered 1.1 million views on YouTube in the space of three days (at the time of writing).
I don’t feel like it’s a stretch to see this radically different type of force, a force for good, do great things both inside the octagon and out of it.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena