Following Conor McGregor’s assault on the fighter bus at UFC 223, Rose Namajunas was shaken up to the point that she considered pulling out of her title defense that weekend. She managed to gather herself enough to win a second bout against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, but the champion opens up and admits that there are still lingering effects to the incident for her.
“No, man (I’m still not over it). When we got back home, we stayed upstairs, locked in our room because we were just paranoid about how crazy the week was. It was really tough,” Namajunas told Ariel Helwani. “I’m still trying not to leave the house too much or there will be times when I’m just like, ‘Yeah we should just go home,’ like I just have a weird feeling.
“I live in a very nice neighborhood, there’s nothing that really goes on around here. So, for me to be like sketch. ... I’m still paranoid about everything,” she said. “I have a therapist that I go see.”
Namajunas says McGregor reached out via instagram to apologize, but since he also tried to justify his actions at the same time, that just didn’t sit right with her.
“I don’t really know if that was really him,” Namajunas said. “To me, that doesn’t seem like the type of, it just didn’t seem like a sincere apology from an actual person. To me, I didn’t really, I guess, consider it a real apology.
”It said, ‘I’m sorry for what happened,’ but then he immediately went on to like justifying what he did and stuff like that and the reasons why he did it,” she explained. “That to me was like, it really doesn’t matter. I don’t care what beef he’s got with who. That’s none of my business, I don’t need to know that information. Do you know what I mean? That doesn’t do anything for me. So there was an apology and I’m a pretty cool person and I always accept apologies, but to me, I’m like a personal person, I like face to face. That’s how I like to handle things. I feel like anything can be worked out, you just gotta talk through it as adults.”
The strawweight champion says she replied with “f—k that” and asked McGregor to call her partner Pat Barry if he wanted to make a serious apology. Both Barry and Namajunas say the call never came.