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Rose Namajunas Has 2 Family Members Die From Coronavirus, Wasn’t Going To Fight At UFC 249

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Rose Namajunas’ family has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.

According to ESPN, the fighting superstar pulled out of UFC 249 prior to the event being postponed because two of her family members died from the virus. (RELATED: UFC 249 Is Postponed Until Further Notice Because Of The Ongoing Coronavirus Crisis)

 

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Her manager Brian Butler said in a statement, “Her hopes are to return to the Octagon as soon as possible but for now we ask for people to respect their privacy during this time.”

Namajunas was going to fight Jessica Andrade April 18, but decided to drop the fight because of the deaths. Ultimately, Dana White pulled the plug on the entire event late Thursday for the time because of the pandemic.

 

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Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with Namajunas during this incredibly difficult time in America. This virus has caused an unimaginable amount of pain.

Outside of just putting sports on hold, the virus has cost people their family members and their loved ones.

 

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Now, it’s put Namajunas’ fighting career on hold for the time being as she deals with multiple deaths in her family from the virus.

Hopefully, she’s able to make it through this tragedy and return to the octagon. Obviously, that must come second to the grieving and healing process.

 

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It’s a horrifically tough situation, and we’re wishing her and her entire family nothing but the best.