It takes a lot of courage in that cage no matter who you are. I just want to try and send an example in that way and the rest of the world, too
The words you read below are from Rose Namajunas the new world champion of MMA Featherweight just after defeating the unbeaten and super favorite Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The match was a fantastic sporting moment, but the words are relevant beyond it. First of all, because these are the words of a 25-year-old who has just won a title, and instead of screaming against the opponent who had done so before the match, she did exactly the opposite.
These words are important because they are applicable to all contexts and not just to MMA, they may be in politics, social issues, and ethics. Such a honor Rose!
“There's been a lot of trash talking and things like that and people that aren't being true to themselves or being honest,” explained Namajunas. “I don't know, maybe that's just what they feel they need to do, but I'm just sick of it. I'm sick of all the hate and anger and stuff like that going on. I feel like we have a duty as fighters to be a better example. Martial art...s is about honor and respect.
“It takes a lot of courage in that cage no matter who you are. I just want to try and send an example in that way and the rest of the world, too. There's a lot of negativity out there. Everywhere you look it's just negative. I'm trying to just be that positive light as much as possible. I'm not perfect either, but maybe we'll figure out a way to make this world a better place.” - Rose Namajunas UFC Strawweight Champion