“She is a true martial artist. She does all the disciplines and is very unique but, at the same time, she is kind of a hybrid of a lot of the fighters that I have fought in the past. So it’s part of everything I’ve seen before with maybe just a little bit of its uniqueness, ”Namajunas explained.
“Some of her coaches say she looks at her opponents and uses their strength to outdo them or to implement it in her own game. I feel like I’m doing the same, so it’s very intriguing to me. because I’ve never fought someone like this before. I feel like I do this better than anyone, so it’s going to be really exciting.
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Namajunas is slightly less focused on the obvious things at stake – accolades, rankings, personal glory – and more aware that she might have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that so few get: to remake life as a champion.
“I just had a lack of vision,” Namajunas explained of her time as the UFC strawweight champion from November 2017 to May 2019. “I think becoming the champion was the final destination, but I didn’t really have a clear vision of what to do with it once I got it. I kind of got lost in there and kind of can’t wait for things to be what they weren’t, and I got impatient and didn’t maintain my gratitude. These are some of the mistakes, and I learned a lot from them.