Rose Namajunas' coach's new comments on her after Conor McGregor bus attack are worrying


Fighting fans were shocked when Conor McGregor attacked a UFC bus in Brooklyn before a press event in April.

The vehicle was carrying Khabib Nurmagomedov - who became the Lightweight Champion that weekend - the Russian fighter being involved in a confrontation with McGregor's friend Artem Lobov earlier in the week.

McGregor and his accomplices gained access to the Barclays Center via members of his press team, The Mac Life, and the Irish world champion threw a dolly at one of the windows, shattering it completely - an act McGregor was subsequently arrested for.

This left fellow fighter Michael Chiesa with a laceration to the face, who had to cancel his upcoming clash with Anthony Pettis such was the nature of his injury.

Another champion on the bus at the time was Women's Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas.

'Thug Rose' was clearly shaken up by the incident, as a video showed on the UFC's official YouTube channel, but she went on to successfully defend her title against the former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk a few days later.

Clearly though the incident is still effecting Namajunas' well-being though, as her striking coach Trevor Wittman told MMA journalist Ariel Helwani this week that she still thinks about the attack - and the UFC aren't helping matters either.

"I wasn't on the bus, I actually joked with her when she got back because I thought it was nothing serious and she started crying," stated Wittman on The MMA Show.

Conor McGregor was arrested for his role in the bus attack before a UFC press event.

"They were like 'when the windows broke it almost sounded like a gunshot', and Rose comes from an abusive background and that type of scenario - Rose is one of the most mentally-strong people i've ever worked with - but she's also true to her senses and what she's feeling.

"She fears fighting, she cries the day we're fighting, when we're about to walk out, she deals with it, but the way she faces it when she's in the moment, she's wonderful.

"But the hard part with her is she's always eating herself up mentally. I think right now she's dealing with that and a lot of people laugh at it, all I can say is you can't really say how it was unless you were there and also what perspective are you coming from.

"She doesn't leave her house. If you just bring the subject up - they're promoting the incident for the show coming up - that's great promotion to sell tickets, but it bothers me how much it bothers her."

Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas is said to be still effected by the incident to this date, not even being able to leave her house.

It's pretty shocking when you read how much of a mental toll it has taken on 'Thug Rose' despite being a strong character.

And with Wittman's comments on the UFC promoting the incident to hype the fight, it makes you wonder if they - and Dana White - have Namajunas' best interests at heart.

Realistically, you don't need the incident to promote the fight - Nurmagomedov versus McGregor promotes itself.

We can only hope that 'Thug Rose' returns to the octagon sooner rather than later as she tries to combat her demons.

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