Everyone wants to see Rose Namajunas be the next person to challenge UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili.
Unfortunately, at the moment, it doesn’t look like that match will come to fruition.
“What I’m hearing is Rose does not want a title shot,” UFC boss Dana White said this week.
“Rose does not want to fight for the title. So we’re looking at the rankings and how it plays out. It would play out as Weili vs. [former strawweight champion] Carla Esparza.”
Namajunas’ fiancé and coach, Pat Barry, pushed back on that sentiment this week.
“That is absolutely not true,” Barry said.
“We absolutely want the title fight. Who would turn down a title fight? We just don’t want to air this out publicly. If there was some confusion, they can call us to clear it up.”
Zhang, for her part, wants to fight Namajunas.
“I would fight anyone that the UFC offers to us,” Zhang said.
“But my preference is to fight Rose because I believe she is the highest-level and most-skilled martial artist outside of myself in the division. She would be a good challenge for me.”
Will Zhang get her wish? Time will tell.