October 5, 2022

This weekend could possibly be one other Trevor Wittman success story with each Rose Namajunas and Justin Gaethje in title fights.

UFC 274 will see Thug Rose defend her UFC ladies’s strawweight crown towards Carla Esparza whereas Gaethje challenges Charles Oliveira for the UFC light-weight title.


Namajunas and Esparza will combat once more 9 years on from their first encounter

Wittman coaches each athletes and can also be the coach of UFC welterweight champion and primary pound-for-pound fighter, Kamaru Usman.

He retains a small staff as of late that actually packs high quality over amount. Gaethje is difficult for the 155lb title for the second time after dropping to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2020.

That was his solely loss in his final six and solely his third loss ever and Namajunas informed talkSPORT she’s seen a brand new man emerge throughout camp for this combat.

“It’s been actually, actually superb watching Gaethje’s progress. He’s at all times been super-talented and tremendous gifted. He’s a freak of an athlete,” Namajunas defined.

Wittman’s fighters, like Gaethje and Namajunas, become like a family

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Wittman’s fighters, like Gaethje and Namajunas, change into like a household

“However then seeing him actually taking his vitamin, his method, methods, cardio and all of the issues like that, he’s taken it to a complete new degree so far as being disciplined and constant and all the opposite stuff that goes with being an expert fighter, an expert athlete. 

“I believe that’s going to actually make a distinction on this combat and we’re going to see a complete new model of Gaethje that’s going to be onerous to beat. I predict him popping out because the champion,” Namajunas confidently predicted.

Wittman is usually considered one of many prime coaches in MMA in the present day and Namajunas believes while you get to a sure degree, there’s an excellent profit to having a smaller, extra intimate staff.

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“You take a look at boxing, Floyd Mayweather doesn’t go to class. He has a bunch of individuals which might be surrounding him… truly, I don’t actually know what he does [laughs]. 

Namajunas is off Lithuanian descent


Namajunas is off Lithuanian descent

“I might think about that he has a bunch of people that do particular issues for him. However I do assume there’s a profit in going to a giant staff ambiance, it’s simply being round different fighters and all that stuff. That’s actually essential as you’re arising. 

“However while you attain this degree issues get increasingly more particular and detailed. Trevor’s the most effective coach in UFC,” Namajunas mentioned with a smile.

Thug Rose sits atop of the 115lb ladies’s division in UFC for a second time after beating Weili Zhang twice to shut that chapter, however now she is revisiting an outdated one by dealing with Esparza, the lady who handed Namajunas her first ever loss in UFC again in 2014.

Like Gaethje, Namajunas has some eye-opening moments of her personal that helped form her into turning into a greater fighter and thus, a champion.

Namajunas is a two-time UFC strawweight champion

Namajunas is a two-time UFC strawweight champion

“I had a couple of moments,” Namajunas began. “My first MMA loss I realised, I ought to most likely have a purpose or one thing [laughs] as an alternative of simply having fights and profitable. 

“So once I misplaced to Tecia [Torres] in Invicta I believed I acquired to have a purpose to be the champion. And earlier than then, I didn’t care about belts or medals or trophies or something like that. 

“I had, not a bitter style in my mouth, however I felt like I don’t want no stinking materialistic factor to inform me what I’m! So I simply believed it. 

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“However then I realised, effectively, it’s an emblem. It’s a purpose, a milestone. All of it begins in right here first [points to her head]. After that, then I began pursuing it and I used to be like oh, while you set a purpose it’s more durable than it appears, proper? 

Fans love watching ‘Thug’ Rose’

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Followers love watching ‘Thug’ Rose’

“Then I ended up dropping to Carla, however I acquired actually near the belt. I believed effectively, if I acquired that shut with type of making an attempt, I knew I may attempt extra. I had a pair extra bumps a protracted the street however ultimately acquired there,” Namajunas recalled.

“The opposite bump within the street was realizing my function for what I’m doing and that basically propelled me to success as effectively.”

With classics towards Joanna Jędrzejczyk, avenging Jessica Andrade after which the pair of clashes with Zhang, Namajunas may have crushed many of the prime contenders at strawweight if she will beat Esparza at UFC 274.

May a transfer as much as flyweight enchantment?

Namajunas thinks her power could translate to other weight classes


Namajunas thinks her energy may translate to different weight lessons

“We’ll see how this weight minimize goes [laughs]. Truthfully, I do really feel as if I’m very able to combating at 125 due to my body, I’ve a giant body. My fingers are bantamweight dimension fingers,” Namajunas reasoned.

“I might simply have to most likely put extra muscle on however even then, I really feel tremendous robust, possibly I wouldn’t should. 

“That may be a chance. Proper now, I’ve my work minimize out for me. Carla is the primary purpose and the primary mission is to defeat her. Then we’ll take a look at some issues after this.”

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A showdown with flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko sounds good to us.