“In fact, no one desires to lose,” mentioned Namajunas. “However I realized rather a lot from that (battle). I went by way of some completely different phases, pointing a finger all over the place else after which realizing that I used to be in management loads of it and I f**ked up. And I took that duty and did one thing about it and was nonetheless sort of holding on to it in a bizarre and completely different approach. On the level the place I am at now, I am emotionally healed from all of that and yeah, it was embarrassing in the intervening time, however now it is only a factor of the previous.”
In reality, when catching as much as Namajunas at coaching camp in her adopted residence state of Colorado, the main focus was on the longer term, not the previous, and he or she sounded as able to go as ever.
“I’m doing actually good, getting muscle tissues,” she laughed. The one factor she hasn’t accomplished over these unprecedented instances is get all the way down to the enterprise of writing her guide.
“I have never written one web page,” she mentioned. “I really like writing in my journal, so I have been conserving a journal this complete time, so possibly I am simply accumulating notes for later. I nonetheless assume I am in the course of my guide and dwelling it each day. I gotta dwell out some extra chapters first.”
The subsequent chapter begins a virtually 24-hour journey away on Yas Island. And as heated as the primary bout between Namajunas and Andrade was contained in the Octagon, exterior of it, there’s been nothing however class from each combatants for so long as they’ve been linked collectively for a pair of sanctioned fistfights. Then once more, that’s at all times been the fashion for Andrade and Namajunas, who go away the combating for battle night time.
“If it wasn’t really real in my character then that might be tough as a result of I might be performing, however it’s actually what’s actually in my coronary heart,” Namajunas mentioned. “I haven’t got to consider something as a result of I am not making s**t up. I put on my feelings on my sleeve, I say how I really feel after which I take care of the implications. However not less than I haven’t got a heavy coronary heart as a result of I am making an attempt to placed on a entrance or act.”
There could also be no extra sincere sport than one through which two athletes face one another in fight with no teammates to assist them and solely a referee to avoid wasting them. Nobody is extra aware of this actuality than Rose Namajunas, who additionally is aware of how a lot of a visit it’s for folks to reconcile that the younger woman who performs Chopin with the talent of a grasp is similar one who might be punching Jessica Andrade within the face in just a few days. So don’t be shocked that she will whip off Bible quotes and transfer proper into her need to go and compete on Battle Island.
“It is sensible to me,” she laughs.
And that’s all that issues.
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