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Weili Zhang scolds Rose Namajunas for her performance against Carla Esparza at UFC 274: “She wanted to take care of her belt and didn’t want to fight hard”

Weili Zhang has questioned Rose Namajunas’ performance against Carla Esparza in their UFC 274 title fight last month. If there’s one fighter Weili Zhang knows better than most, it’s Rose Namajunas. Across their two previous encounters, Namajunas was able to get the better of her foe with both a knockout win and a split decision triumph.
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UFC President Dana White confirms Rose Namajunas will not receive an immediate rematch with Carla Esparza

Dana White has revealed who Carla Esparza will face in her first title defense. At UFC 274, Esparza edged out Rose Namajunas in a lackluster fight to become the new strawweight champ. Although the fight was a boring one, some thought ‘Thug’ had done enough to warrant an immediate rematch, but White says that won’t happen. Instead, he revealed to MMA Underground that the winner of Weili Zhang vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk 2 will get the next title shot.
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Weili Zhang reacts after Rose Namajunas offers to help train Joanna Jedrzejczyk: “Does she think Joanna’s team is not good enough or what?”

Weili Zhang has given her thoughts after Rose Namajunas offered to help train Joanna Jedrzejczyk for their upcoming rematch. The fantastic series that has taken place over the course of the last five years between these three women serves as one of the hallmarks of the strawweight division in the UFC. Now, at UFC 275 next weekend, another chapter will be written as Weili Zhang prepares to go head to head with Joanna Jedrzejczyk in what promises to be another absolute barnburner in Singapore.
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Zhang Weili confused by Rose Namajunas offering to help Joanna Jedrzejczyk: ‘Does she think Joanna’s team is not good enough?’

It’s almost time for Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk to lock horns once again as they’re set to meet next weekend (Sat., June 11, 2022) at UFC 275 in Singapore. It’s been a full two years since fans witnessed one of the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) contests of all time. Battling over the UFC Strawweight title at UFC 248, the then-champion, Zhang, walked away as the victor via split decision on that fateful night (watch highlights).
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Valentina Shevchenko says Rose Namajunas ‘was not herself’ against Carla Esparza at UFC 274: ‘It can happen with everyone’

At UFC 274, Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza put on one of the worst title fights in UFC history. In the end, the lack of activity on the octagon proved more costly for Namajunas, who lost a split decision and her belt to Esparza. In the aftermath, many critiqued Namajunas’ lack of urgency, and for flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, those critiques are well-founded.
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Chael Sonnen calls for Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas 3: “We have to redo the match”

Chael Sonnen has given an unpopular opinion. ‘The Bad Guy’ thinks the UFC should book a trilogy fight between Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas. Last Saturday night at UFC 274, fans were witness to arguably the worst title fight in MMA history. Eight years after Esparza and Namajunas had an entertaining fight for the inaugural strawweight title, they had a terrible bout.
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Heck of a Morning: Reaction to Pat Barry and Rose Namajunas interview, Chandler’s star power, Houston Alexander joins the show

Rose Namajunas and Pat Barry recently joined The MMA Hour to react to Namajunas’ loss to Carla Esparza at UFC 274, and it’s certainly been met with a lot of opinions. On this episode of Heck of a Morning, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck answers questions about that interview from Wednesday’s show with Ariel Helwani, along with Namajunas’ post-fight comments regarding the scoring of the bout. In addition, listeners ask about what is next for Charles Oliveira, if the UFC should still move forward with a planned matchup between Islam Makhachev and Beneil Dariush, Michael Chandler’s star power following his sensational KO of Tony Ferguson, recently announced fights, and more.
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Pat Barry highlights ‘slipperiest canvas’ stopping ‘perfect’ Rose Namajunas from winning at UFC 274

Rose Namajunas stuck to her gameplan at UFC 274 this past weekend (Sat., May 7, 2022), but it still wasn’t enough to keep the Strawweight title in her possession. Rematching arguably the best wrestler in the division, Carla Esparza, Namajunas found herself on the wrong end of a rather uneventful split decision defeat to a past successor (watch highlights). Both have received heaps of backlash for their less than action-packed tandem effort since fight night. However, the former champion, Namajunas, as well as her corner, which comprised of her fiancee and former UFC Heavyweight, Pat Barry, along with Trevor Whittman, have gotten the brunt of the blame.
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Pat Barry addresses criticism of Rose Namajunas cornering at UFC 274, what went wrong with ‘perfect’ game plan

Pat Barry has heard the criticism directed at him and the rest of Rose Namajunas’ team. Barry was one of the head coaches and cornermen for Namajunas at UFC 274, where “Thug Rose” dropped her strawweight title in a widely-panned rematch against Carla Esparza. Barry, who is also Namajunas’ fiancé, reflected on the disappointing performance and addressed the criticism on Wednesday’s episode of The MMA Hour, explaining that the game plan for Namajunas was to first draw Esparza into being the aggressor, then capitalize once she did. And in Barry’s eyes, that game plan would’ve been effective if other circumstances hadn’t gotten in the way once Namajunas tried to flip the switch.
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John McCarthy believes poor corner advice is partially to blame for the performance of Rose Namajunas at UFC 274

John McCarthy is weighing in on the performance of Rose Namajunas this past Saturday night at UFC 274, believing poor corner advise is partially to blame for the loss. It was Rose Namajunas (12-5 MMA) vs Carla Esparza (20-6 MMA) in the strawweight co-main event. Carla was to be the victor by split decision, stripping the title from Rose. While anticipation leading up to the fight was great, the outcome proved to be so lacklustre that some media reports are saying it just might have been the worst UFC title fight in history.
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Michael Bisping reacts to “cautious” performance from Rose Namajunas at UFC 274: “She s**t the bed”

UFC commentator Michael Bisping has reacted to Rose Namajunas’s loss at UFC 274. Last Saturday night, ‘Thug Rose’ squared off with Carla Esparza. Eight years after their first encounter ended in a ‘Cookie Monster’ win, history would repeat itself. However, whereas their first fight was an entertaining submission win, the second was arguably the worst bout ever.
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Carla Esparza explains lack of action in Rose Namajunas rematch: “It’s hard to fight someone that doesn’t want to fight”

Carla Esparza is explaining the lack of action in the Rose Namajunas rematch. It was Esparza (20-6 MMA) vs Namajunas (12-5 MMA) II this past Saturday night at UFC 274 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Esparza won by a split decision. The two had previously met in December of 2014 where it was Carla Esparza that was the victor then as well.
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Carla Esparza reacts to commentary criticism during her fight with Rose Namajunas: “They were being real”

UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza understood the criticism she received from the broadcast booth. Last Saturday night at UFC 274, ‘Cookie Monster’ faced off against Rose Namajunas. The two had clashed eight years prior, with Esparza picking up the win to become strawweight champion. At UFC 274, she once again picked up the victory, but in a much different fashion.
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Carla Esparza: Title victory vs. Rose Namajunas was 'a bummer'

As conservative as it might have been, Carla Esparza stuck to her game plan at UFC 274, and the end result was a championship victory. Esparza emerged from an action-starved bout with a split-decision triumph over “Thug” Rose to claim strawweight gold at the Footprint Center in Phoenix on Saturday night. It was a perplexing performance from both athletes, as neither was willing to engage for the majority of the contest, which predictably brought out the boo birds throughout the 25-minute affair. For Esparza, pressing the action too recklessly would have only set her up for defeat.
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