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Rose Namajunas detached about Maycee Barber rebooking


Rose Namajunas gained’t lose sleep if she by no means finally ends up dealing with Maycee Barber after their fizzled UFC on ESPN 59“>UFC on ESPN 59 headliner.

Namajunas (12-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) was initially scheduled to struggle fellow girls’s flyweight contender Barber (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) in Saturday’s predominant occasion at Ball Area in Denver (ESPN, ESPN+), however lingering well being points pressured her to withdraw lower than three weeks out.

Barber was changed by Tracy Cortez (11-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) within the five-round bout, and though it’s an adjustment in types, it’s nothing Namajunas mentioned she will be able to’t deal with.

“It’s not evening and day – mainly my strategy is identical so far as what I’m going to do,” Namajunas informed MMA Junkie Radio. “There was a slight adjustment interval and a psychological change.”

Along with her focus now solely on Cortez, 30, it’s not a lot of a priority to Namajunas, 32, whether or not she finally ends up sharing the octagon with Barber down the road.

If Namajunas, No. 13 within the newest USA TODAY Sports activities/MMA Junkie girls’s flyweight rankings, can get previous No. 9-ranked Cortez, she mentioned she thinks she will probably be on the trajectory towards a title shot within the division.

The first purpose for Namajunas, a former two-time UFC strawweight champion, is so as to add a second divisional title to her resume. If Barber is a part of that path then so be it, however “Thug Rose” gained’t be chasing the matchup.

“I don’t know (if we’ll ever struggle),” Namajunas mentioned. “As quickly as she pulled out of the struggle it was like, ‘All proper, I assume I’ve obtained to cease fascinated by her.’ I don’t know. If it does, it does. If it doesn’t – I don’t actually care.”

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