“I’d rather fight the champ but I understand that I’d probably have to fight Tecia either way if I was the champ because she’d be climbing up the ranks eventually or just fight her right now. But initially it wasn’t a matchup I was super excited about just because she’s not the most exciting fighter, but I’m excited to face any challenge so in that sense it’s exciting. I just love to fight so I’m always excited to fight, but Tecia in particular doesn’t get me anymore excited than another person… It’s not that I’m not a fan of her at all. She’s had some moments but I respect more of the kill or be killed type of mentality. I appreciate the ability to use strategy and use martial arts as a self-defense tactic that Tecia uses as well. There’s skill in that so you’ve got to be able to appreciate it. Is it as exciting? No, I’d probably rather watch Dada 5000 and Kimbo Slice fight, but at the end of the day I can appreciate both.”
-Rose Namajunas talks to FoxSports.com about her lack of affinity for the fighting style of UFC on Fox 19 opponent Tecia Torres.
Penick’s Analysis: I wouldn’t ever go to that extent as far as fighter criticism is concerned, but it’s understandable for some to not be aesthetically pleased by the styles of others. Now, Namajunas suffered a loss to Torres in a fight that wasn’t exactly thrilling under the Invicta banner. It wasn’t a bad fight, by any means, and Torres has her moments, but you can understand the sentiment from Namajunas. Still, preferring to watch Dada 5000 and Kimbo Slice? That’s harsh.
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