Rose Ze Kick – “Thug” Rose Namajunas wins and now I’m a fan

My story might not be like other stories you’ll hear about this UFC fight. For starters, I had no idea it was even happening. Here I am minding my own business when an Uber Eats order pops up on my phone. It’s a pick-up and delivery close to my neighborhood so I huffed it over to Hooters.

Lo and behold, the parking lot is full. Cars everywhere so when I go inside I’m not surprised there are people all over the place. I check in and there’s a wait for the order. No problem. Then I glance up at the TVs and UFC is on. It’s a women’s fight- Shevchenko vs. Andrade. I’m thinking, “Why do people watch UFC? I just don’t get the allure.”

Where has the time gone? I became so enthralled with what’s happening.

Then, after Shevchenko won, the matchup of strawweight champion Weili Zhang vs. Rose Namajunas. I won’t have time to watch this but it looks like it could be a good match. What do I know, though?

Third update from the Hooters staff… it’ll be another 5 to 10 minutes. How long does it take to chef up some wings, anyway?

The ring announcer introduces the fighters. I wonder if I should download Draftkings and put a fiver on Rose, I literally don’t know a thing about her or Weili Zhang but something tells me Rose has got this. I run out of time because the fight begins.

Less than two minutes later, “Thug” Rose kicks Weili in the head and the match is over. I was like…

It was amazing to hear the crowd in Hooters burst with excitement after ze kick from ze Rose! I don’t think I’ll forget being there for that moment– a long wait for what I thought would be a quick delivery. Say, that’s pretty much what happened in the fight, too.

Before yesterday I had never heard of “Thug” Rose but gosh darn it if I’m not a fan now! Of course, I’m a can be a fan of Weili Zhang now, too. She seems to be a great, intense fighter.

From a newby to UFC– Go on with your bad self, Rose! Lyrics from the band Roxette’s song, “Dangerous,” seem almost fitting to have on repeat today. For Rose, though, these words can only come with a heavy dose of irony, because there’s nothing little about her level of danger in the ring.

“She’s a little bit dangerous, she’s got what it takes to make ends meet.”

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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