In the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 226 in Paris, a significant showdown unfolded in the women’s flyweight division. Manon Fiorot emerged victorious, defeating the former UFC women’s strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, who was making her debut in the new weight class.
However, what many fans may not be aware of is the injury that Rose Namajunas endured during the fight. Rose’s manager, Brian Butler of SuckerPunch Entertainment, confirmed on various social media platforms that she had broken her hand in the opening round.
He even shared a photo of a splint on his Instagram story, stating, “Rose is in good spirits. Broke her right hand early in the first round and couldn’t fully execute because of it.”
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A more unsettling image of the injury was revealed by Namajunas’ coach, Pat Barry, as shared by The MMA Hour’s Ariel Helwani. He reported, “This is how Rose Namajunas’ right hand looked last night when she took off her gloves. The injury happened in the first.”
Despite the injury, Namajunas displayed remarkable competitiveness throughout the contest, even winning the third round on two judges’ scorecards. Following her previous title loss to Carla Esparza at UFC 274 in May 2022, Namajunas had contemplated a move to the 125 lbs division. However, she aimed to focus on strength training and grappling matches before making the transition.
With her debut loss in the flyweight division, it remains uncertain whether Namajunas will persist in this weight class or return to strawweight in pursuit of her third Championship.
Here’s what advice fiancé and coach Pat Barry gave to injured Rose Namajunas
In the aftermath of the first-round injury, Rose Namajunas found solace in the counsel of her fiancé and coach, Pat Barry. As she returned to her corner, nursing a broken finger, Barry’s words were resolute, “That’s alright, you don’t need a finger right now. You need to be close. Twenty more seconds.”
However, the coach’s response was in a positive way. He asked Rose not to focus on the broken finger and pain but instead to center her attention on the fight.
However, the corner’s guidance didn’t yield the desired outcome for ‘Thug‘. She continued to struggle against the nimble Fiorot, leaving fans less than enthused. Many spectators voiced their discontent after witnessing Pat Barry’s advice.
Namajunas faced adversity, and despite the earnest guidance from her coach, it was a challenging night for her in the octagon. As the match unfolded, the impact of Barry’s words remained a talking point among fans and pundits alike, highlighting the unpredictability that is always present in the world of MMA.