New UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas wants to bring a different kind of class and respect to the gold belt.
Namajunas claimed her first UFC title with a victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk Saturday night at UFC 217.
“I feel like it’s time for a new era,” she said. “We have a responsibility to be good role models. I know I’m not perfect.
“I used to fight with a lot of hate. There’s been a lot of aggression in my past. Love is a more sustainable energy to draw from.”
Namajunas was denied in her first bid to become UFC champion, falling to Carla Esparza in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter.