TUF Talk: Rose Namajunas very happy she ended up on Team Melendez

"Thug" Rose Namajunas might be a serious dark horse on TUF this year

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Rose Namajunas finally got Team Melendez on the board this week on The Ultimate Fighter as she made quick work of Australian opponent Alex Chambers with a first round rear naked choke finish.

Many saw Namajunas as a serious dark horse in the competition and possibly the best fighter on the entire Team Melendez roster. She certainly didn’t disappoint with her performance and now she’s more motivated that ever before.

Motivation has actually never been a problem for Namajunas because any time she’s been held back during her career, she finds a way to persevere and thrives in the end.

Part of her drive this season started when her former teammate Anthony Pettis failed to pick her in the opening fighter selections to kick off the series.  At the time, Namajunas took it as a slight insult, but she quickly turned lemons into lemonade.

"It turns out that even though Anthony clearly wanted me on his team, some other people on his coaching staff, which I don’t necessarily have the best history with, thought I wasn’t going to do too well in the tournament. I don’t have any gripes about it," Namajunas told TUF Talk

"I just had to go in there regardless of any pressure, what other people’s doubts they had in me, regardless. I had to do my job.  It worked out better because I really liked the coaching staff I ended up with."

Things worked out so well that following the conclusion of the show, Namajunas and her fiancé, former UFC heavyweight Pat Barry, even made a trip out to California to work with Gilbert Melendez again along with many of the same coaches he used on the show.

To hear Namajunas talk about everything leading up to the fight, beating Alex Chambers and preparing for the next step in the tournament listen to her interview on TUF Talk below via Soundcloud: