There aren’t many extra inspirational figures in MMA than reigning strawweight queen Rose Namajunas – and the Chelsea ladies’s team would possible agree after she was used as inspiration for his or her historic run to a European final.
The Blues reversed a first-leg deficit to defeat Bayern Munich 5-3 on combination to qualify for his or her first Women’s Champions League final on Sunday forward of a May 16 final in opposition to Barcelona.
Goals in the final minutes from Pernille Harder and Fran Kirby have been sufficient to oust the much-fancied German facet en route to a 4-1 win in the second-leg which secured the hosts’ passage to this month’s showpiece sport.
Emma Hayes’ facet confronted an unenviable process in taking on Bayern Munich, who entered the second sport with their tails up after an in depth win in the first semi-final encounter between the sides.
And as an emotional Hayes elaborated shortly after her team’s historic win, she used some reasonably unconventional motivation for her team upfront of the sport – in the form of UFC champion ‘Thug’ Namajunas.
“I played them a video from a UFC star,” stated Hayes. “It was a one-minute video before the game and she was talking to herself, saying ‘I am the best, I am the best.’
“She gained the struggle and straight after the struggle the cameras stated to her, ‘You have been saying to your self I am the finest’ and she or he stated, ‘But yeah, I am the finest’. And that is what I stated to the gamers earlier than the sport.
“Someone described us as ‘mentality monsters’, and we are the best. We’re in this position because we deserve it.”
The struggle which Hayes refenced is Namajunas’ latest first-round high-kick knockout of Chinese champion Zhang Weili at the latest UFC 261 occasion in Jacksonville, Florida.
Namajunas’ win erased Zhang’s 20-fight undefeated streak which stretched again to 2013, and earned the winner her second UFC strawweight world title.