UFC strawweight contender Rose Namajunas: I need to rest, and have fun again

Rose Namajunas is fighting better than ever, but says she needs time to rest before continuing to do it.

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After winning her third straight fight since losing a strawweight title bout, Rose Namajunas seems on the fast-track to fighting for the UFC belt again soon. "Thug Rose" pulled out a razor-close decision win over fellow contender Tecia Torres Saturday in Tampa, but afterwards said that she’ll need a long rest before fighting again.

"Right now, I’m in no rush," she said.

"I was kind of on a roll and initially thought I was ready to jump right back in there but a few months off would definitely do me some good, mentally alongside physically."

Namajunas credited Torres for being a huge challenge, but said that her burnout has more to do with training than the bout. "Tecia is a really tough fighter," she admitted.

"I felt really good and it was good to get back in there with her and give it my best … she evolved more than I expected she would have."

The two strawweights are now 1-1 after two, close fights in the past three years. It seems likely they will face one another again at some point in the future.

Namajunas revealed that the training camp for this contest was brutal and that she isn’t having much fun anymore. "This was definitely the toughest training camp of my life," she said.

"It was good to go in there and let go and have fun. to fall on my butt and laugh at myself, things like that. I’ve been through so much for this fight. I’m done crying, I’m done not sleeping at night. 

"I’m ready to do my best and go home after that. I will be fired up and ready to get back in there and improve, eventually. Right now, it’s about having fun just for a little bit."