“Nothing really interests me other than Carla,” champ Rose Namajunas wants to settle the score in a rematch against Carla Esparza

The UFC women's strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas wants to face Carla Esparza for a rematch at her next fight in the ideal situation.

Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas
Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas

The reigning UFC women’s strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas stamped her authority for the title with two consecutive wins against the former UFC women’s strawweight champion, Zhang Weili. Namajunas not only defeated Weili and took her title, but she also defended it as well against her and now Namajunas is looking for the next challenge in the division.

In her mind, the former UFC women’s strawweight champion, Carla Esparza is the next opponent. Esparza defeated Rose Namajunas in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter 20 and she is on a five-fight winning streak in the division. ‘Thug Rose’ wants to face her next and avenge the first loss.

Talking about the same in her latest interview with MMA Junkie, Namajunas says, “It’s the only one that makes sense, I can fight anybody, but nothing really interests me other than Carla.” Although, the UFC president Dana White is slightly dismissive to give Esparza the next title shot.

White revealed that Carla Esparza turned down a fight against Mackenzie Dern recently and he thinks this was a bad move for her to sit and wait for the title shot. He also revealed that the promotion already has one more name in their mind to face Rose Namajunas next.

Rose Namajunas revealed UFC hasn’t reached out to her with a name until now

Rose Namajunas
Rose Namajunas

Although, Dana White already commented that the promotion might be going in a different direction with Namajunas’ next fight but if it’s up to her, she wants this name to be Carla Esparza. Namajunas also revealed that the promotion hasn’t approached her with any name until now.

She added, “I think it’s probably maybe because she’s a wrestler or something that they don’t want to give her the fight, I don’t know. Maybe it’s hard for them to get behind her, but I don’t know what it is, really.” “I do think she was sitting out and waiting for the title shot and that wasn’t the best move, but honestly I think it just makes sense. Make it happen.” {H/t MMA Junkie}

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