Rose Namajunas: The Lord’s Prayer
At UFC 217, Thug Rose Namajunas defeated the Boogey woman Joanna Jedrzejczyk. To become the UFC strawweight champion of the world. During the pre-fight buildup to the bout, Rose was seen to be reciting something to herself throughout her interactions with the undefeated champion.
We know now in retrospect that Namajunas was, in fact, repeating The Lord’s Prayer. In an effort to keep her mind clear and repel any and all of the psychological attacks by Joanna.
And along with her obvious skill and talent. There can be little doubting that Roses’s tactic played a role in her own mental fortitude. And perhaps to a degree, the demise of Jedrzejczyk.
Who pre-fight from the outside, was unable to infiltrate Roses mind. Rendering one of her strongest weapons, useless. And even perhaps, even turning her own mind games and their lack of results, right back on her.
Upsetting the odds, Namajunas claimed the title with a stoppage in the first round. Shocking many around the world, who thought Jedrzejczyk was unbeatable. How much of a factor did the prayer play in the win, only Rose herself knows for sure.
And for us, the fight fans. Well, all we can do is sit back and admire her handy work inside the Octagon. Considering the bigger picture and the potential for power in prayer.
The Lords Prayer
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.