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She is an American Muay Thai kickboxer currently competing in the Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Namajunas is the first athlete to win a Muay Thai World Championships title in two divisions.
Namajunas faced Zhang Weili for the UFC Women's Strawweight Championship on April 24, 2021 at UFC 261. )
Prior to her first bout against Chinese fighter Zhang Weili, Namajunas spoke of the history of communist oppression in her ancestral homeland Lithuania and mentioned the documentary The Other Dream Team as an inspiration. She said the documentary gives a "good idea as to what my family had to go through, the reason I'm in the United States today, the reason that I do mixed martial arts, all of that stuff".
Sport, El Intra (February 28, 2021). "¡Es oficial! Rose Namajunas irá por el título de Zhang Weili en el UFC 261". El Intra Sports (in Spanish). Retrieved March 9, 2021. (Source: en.wikipedia.org She said that she viewed her fight with Zhang as symbolizing a fight between communism and freedom, saying that "Weili is red" and "represents [communism]", relating it to her family's history under the former USSR regime in Lithuania, and stating that it is "better dead than red". (Source:en.wikipedia.org))
Law, Eddie (November 7, 2021). "UFC 268 Results: Rose Namajunas Retains Title, Beats Weili Zhang via Split Decision". Cageside Press. Retrieved November 7, 2021. (Source: en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org))))"Rose Namajunas vs. Zhang Weili 2 among latest additions to official UFC 268 card". MMA Junkie. August 29, 2021. Retrieved August "UFC 261: Why Rose Namajunas' mental state could be the determining factor in title fight with Weili Zhang". (Source:
Qin, Amy (April 25, 2021). "Rose Namajunas Retakes U.F.C. Title by Defeating Chinese Star Zhang Weili". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 25, 2021.Rose Namajunas stands by anti-communism comments ahead of Zhang Weili fight". ABC News. Retrieved April 26, 2021.(Source:en.wikipedia.org)