After Rose Namajunas became the UFC strawweight champion Saturday night, she immediately pointed to God as the source of her success.
At the 1:18 mark in the first round, Namajunas pulled off the upset of Zhang Weili during UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida. The 28-year-old dethroned her opponent with a kick to the head and multiple punches, leading referees to call the match.
During an interview with announcer Joe Rogan, an emotional Namajunas redirected the attention on God.
“I did it again!”
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“I did it again, but God did it,” she said. “I really just had to have faith in Him but that’s what got me through.”
Namajunas’ family moved to America from Lithuania to escape from communism. During a recent interview with Lithuanian National Radio and Television, the champ said her past serves as motivation and drives her to defeat opponents.
“It’s nothing personal against her, but that’s a huge motivating factor of why I fight, and I fight for freedom,” Namajunas said. “I’ve got the Christ consciousness, I’ve got Lithuanian blood, and I’ve got the American dream. All of those things I’m taking with me into the fight.”
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SOURCE: CBN News, Andrea Morris