Rose Namajunas has been sporting her patented semi-bald look for the majority of her career in the UFC. 'Thug' Rose decided to chop her hair off to ensure that it did not interfere with her profession, i.e., fighting.
Rose Namajunas took up the bald look back in 2015. She took to Instagram to make it clear why she had taken the step of chopping her hair off. Showing off her then-new look, the fighter added a caption to the photo that read:
"It's a fight not a beauty pageant. S**t's in my way at practice... Cut it off!"
Women fighters in the UFC often enter the octagon with their hair tightly braided to avoid disturbances while concentrating on their opponents. However, it seems that Rose Namajunas was too absorbed in her art to care about having long hair.
Rose Namajunas explains how cutting her hair was a transformational change:
Rose Namajunas spoke to the media leading up to her fight with Paige VanZant in December 2015. Her short haircut was still fresh and the talk of the town at that time.
She was asked by a journalist how her haircut was a transformation for her, allowing her to shed her past. To this, Rose replied,
"[It's] Just years and years of playing in sports, not just fighting, hair's been growing up, and being a tomboy growing up and not really wanting to have to do my hair. I don't even know how to do [my hair]. I just had to put a whole bunch of product in it. I just want to be able to wake up in the morning and feel pretty and not have to do a whole bunch of cr*p [to my hair]. It is definitely like shedding my past, being psychologically mean of my hair as well as physically, and just ripping it out."
Rose Namajunas went on to beat Paige VanZant, who was on a 4-fight win streak going into the fight. She put her heart and grit on display as she submitted VanZant in round 5 via rear-naked choke submission. This win earned her the 'Performance of the Night' bonus.
Come Saturday, Rose Namajunas will attempt to regain the UFC Women's strawweight title as she battles the only Chinese champion in the history of UFC, Weili Zhang, in the co-main event of UFC 261 on April 24, 2021.