Former UFC champion Rose Namajunas was not the target of Conor McGregor’s infamous Brooklyn bus attack, but when she first spoke about the encounter, she said she was deeply affected by the incident.
The incident at the Barclays Center parking garage became the centerpiece of the blood feud between McGregor and the target of his attack, Khabib Nurmagomedov, but if the Irishman intended to send a message to his Russian enemy, it certainly did not come without collateral damage.
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The incident was sparked when an angry McGregor flew from Dublin to New York to confront Nurmagomedov after a video of the Russian fighter and several members of his team with McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov – who had only one training partner – surfaced inside the fighter Hotel.
UFC fighter Michael Chiesa had a cut on his forehead when he was showered with shards of glass after McGregor threw a dolly on the slow-moving bus – but, as Namajunas explained in detail in an interview with the campaign she represents, she was lucky Escape without serious injury.
“It was like forever on that bus because I had no idea who attacked us,” said Namajunas.
“Suddenly I see a big punch at my window and then I see one of the security guards grab one of the guys. I didn’t know until a little later that it was Conor.
“When he threw the dolly, the bus was back in the elevator when it threw it to the window right in front of me. But if the bus hadn’t moved, it would have hit my window.”
‘Thug Rose’ also shared how the attack brought her back to unhappy memories of formerly driving her school bus through rough neighborhoods.
“It just brought me back to when I was a kid, riding a bus through poor neighborhoods to school and throwing people on our bus,” she said.
“And I’ve never been so cornered. We just sat there and we weren’t in control. So what did I do in that moment? I said the Lord’s Prayer again and then I felt a little better in that moment. ” and it got me through this difficult moment.
“And everything that came from my childhood is what I fought for, and it’s like going back to the stupid street. I don’t want to be around anymore. I fought that out.” from.”
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Though shaken by the incident, Namajunas certainly didn’t let the attack affect her performance as she defended her UFC women’s strawweight title with a second straight win against Polish standout Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
“I came back, that’s what I’m here for,” she said. “So I took it as a motivation to show the world that it won’t stop me.”