Among all the good and exciting action that came out of UFC 274, there was unfortunately some all-time level bad, as well.

This past Saturday night’s co-main event saw an eight-year score be settled. … Well, kind of. As the strawweight title rematch between Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza slowly unraveled in round one, it became apparent that those in attendance and watching at home may be in for an excruciatingly lengthy 25 minutes.

Ultimately, Esparza once again bested Namajunas by taking home the title via split decision, thus becoming only the second two-time female UFC champion in promotional history alongside the woman she defeated. There just wasn’t too much action throughout the bout that saw a combined total of 68 strikes landed, and because of that, the blame has been placed on each. For former UFC middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping, he sees the now former champion, Namajunas as the one who dropped the ball hardest.

“Rose Namajunas absolutely s*** the bed is what happened there, I mean my god,” Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast. “We can talk about that real quick. I like Rose, I don’t want to s*** on Rose, I’m a massive fan of her, I like the way she carries herself, I like everything about her, particularly her fighting style. But, Saturday night, she s*** the bed.

“It’s a high-pressure situation, I get it, you’re champion of the world. That brings a lot of pressure, we’ve seen other champions kind of change their style. Georges St-Pierre would be a classic example because of the pressure of being the champ. You have all this extra money, you have the fame, you have the recognition, you have a lot of perks that come with being the champion of the world. You want to maintain, you want to hang on to that. Therefore, she was playing it a little bit too cautious.”

Namajunas and Esparza first met in Dec. 2014 in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 20 to decide the inaugural 115-pound champion and kick off the weight class. Historically, Esparza’s been one of the very best wrestlers to ever compete in the division and that talent has earned her the majority of her 20 career victories. On that first night against a green 2-1 Namajunas, it was no different.

Esparza scored a third-round rear-naked choke submission against “Thug,” pummeling her on the ground up until that finishing sequence. In the rematch, Namajunas did her absolute best to prevent history from repeating itself in that same manner.

“[Her fear of the takedown was] stupid because when she was taken down, she bounced back up straight away,” Bisping said. “She was never held, there was never any control time.

“Listen, I get it. I do. I’ve been there. You’re fighting someone that’s beaten you, that brings a lot of demons, a lot of psychological demons and skeletons in your closet and what not. You think, ‘Ah, s***. This woman’s gonna take me down and choke me out again, I better be careful.’ So you do play it careful and you play it cautious, you’re waiting for openings and you’re downloading data, making reads, whatever you want to call it. But at some point, you have got to say, ‘Alright, I’m here to fight. Now I’m going to have to take some chances.’ You know?

“Carla was the winner of the fight and I agreed although there wasn’t much of a fight,” he concluded. “The little bit of action we did see came from Carla initiating that.”


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DP.

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Oh.

Understandable.

Bad guy Oscar.

Extension.

Weili chimes in.

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Whoops.

Assessment.

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Hometown throwdown.

Ouch.

It’s on.

Generally how it goes.


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