CagePotato sponsored fighter “Thug” Rose Namajunas will be returning to action this Saturday at Invicta FC 6: Coenen vs. Cyborg (Ameristar Casino Hotel; Kansas City, MO), where she’ll be taking on undefeated strawweight Tecia Torres. Now making her final preparations for the fight, Rose has written a guest-blog for us about her spirit animal. Check it out below, follow her on twitter at @RoseNamajunas, and stay tuned for our video Q&A where she answers your burning questions. Good luck, Thug!
By Rose Namajunas
I was very honored to be associated with such a creature being a nature/animal lover and especially coming from such a talented fighter like Kaitlin Young. I definitely saw what she was getting at. However, thinking back on it there are a lot more similarities between the honey badger and I than I was aware of at the time.
The honey badger at first glance doesn’t look like much and can be very easily underestimated. Its small stature being very misleading is something I relate to all too well. Even those who are somewhat aware still have no idea. They can’t! There isn’t enough imagination one can have that can fathom my capabilities. I don’t exactly look like Brock Lesnar or anything!
The honey badger is strong, tireless, and impenetrable. However, I don’t believe its strength or endurance comes from physical ability more than it comes from its “don’t give a ____” mentality. It is the honey badger state of mind that allows it to attack any animal regardless of size or whatever disadvantage it faces. To this day I have always been matched up with people who have either a size advantage or are more experienced. I rise to any challenge and conquer. While others are surprised, to me it is what I deal with daily in practice. I stand my ground and fight, breaking the limitations others have placed on me.
Another quality of the honey badger that is less obvious but one of my favorites is its independence and uniqueness. The honey badger lives in solitude and stands out from everyone else because it does what it wants and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. If I could hear the conversations other animals had about the honey badger I imagine they’d be something along the lines of “What the hell is that crazy-ass badger thinking? It must be outta its mind!” I’m sure every fighter can relate to someone looking at them crazy when they find out what they do for a living. If only people really knew me, and my thoughts and experiences, I’d be put in therapy!
Being on the inside looking out, I don’t think I’m that strange. Maybe it’s because I’m naive but I believe it’s important to challenge the status quo. To not fit a particular stereotype. To not believe in limitations others have created. Even if you might be wrong, do it anyway! At least you will know for a fact you are wrong rather than because of what someone told you. Just be yourself, and let out the honey badger within you! That my friends is why the honey badger is the numba one thug of the animal kingdom!