Champion fighter Rose Namajunas has said that the power of prayer helped her through the traumatic experience of being attacked by UFC superstar Conor McGregor.
The 2018 incident saw McGregor and his entourage viciously attack a bus containing several fighters, including his upcoming opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor was caught on camera punching the bus before throwing a dolly through one of the windows, causing injury to two of the fighters onboard. Namajunas, a committed Christian, was traumatised by the incident and had to enter a season of therapy as a result.
“It was like an eternity being in that bus, because I had no idea who that was that was attacking us," she said in a new UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) video. "All of a sudden I see a big old fist kind of bang on my window and then I see one of the security guards grab one of the dudes. I didn’t know it was Conor until a little bit later. When he threw the dolly, the bus was backing up into the elevator spot as he threw it to the window right in front of me. But had the bus not been moving, it would have hit my window.”
Namajunas said that she was initially unsure who was attacking the bus, which made it all the more disconcerting. She added that the situation reminded her of being a child and "riding to school through bad neighborhoods on a bus" while people threw stuff at them.
"I’ve never been completely cornered like that," she added. "We were just sitting there not in control."
Namajunas said she sought the Lord's comfort during the terrifying ordeal. "I said the Lord’s Prayer again and then it actually did make me feel a little bit better at that moment," she said, "and it got me through that tough moment".
Conor McGregor faced several criminal charges as a result of the attack, including assault and criminal mischief.