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Rose Namajunas

Posted on Fri, Feb 16, 2018

One-on-One with Colorado’s Rose Namajunas, UFC Champion

One of the world’s top female fighters shares how martial arts, piano and urban gardening teach her strength and balance. 

Rose NamajunasYou wouldn’t expect a 25-year-old, 5’5”, 115-pound woman to be one of the top fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. You also wouldn’t expect a woman with a shaved head, nicknamed “thug,” who has a black belt in taekwondo and karate plus a brown belt in jiu-jitsu to be named anything as delicate as Rose. But such is the case for famous mixed martial arts fighter Rose Namajunas (na-ma-you-nas), whose enigmatic fighting skills and surprising hobbies inspire many to take another look at the true meaning of holistic wellness and personal strength. 

Namajunas became the UFC women’s strawweight champion last November. By day she trains in her Westminster, Colorado-based gym, 303 Training Center, which also caters to kids and adult classes. She calls it “a family-oriented gym welcome to any shape and size.” Come evening Namajunas is back at home with partner and UFC heavyweight, Pat Barry, practicing classical piano. Then on long travel days to UFC fights, she’s dreaming of changing the world through urban gardening.

Colorado Health & Wellness sat down with Namajunas at 303 Training for an intense look at the physical and mental benefits of mixed martial arts, her peaceful approach to fighting, and plans to make the world healthier and happier.

Read this article in its entirety in April’s Health & Wellness Spring/Summer Edition. Rose shares why MMA is great for women/girls, what piano and fighting have in common, and why urban farming and earthships are her future.


  1. Alicia says:

    It’s awesome that you want to make the world a better place. I 100% Agree. Also being a female fighter is great for all women to look up too. I’ve been doing jitsu for 3 years and I love it.its fun!

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