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Notorious bus siege MMA fighter Rose Namajunas felt 'cornered' during Conor McGregor bus attack

It was like an eternity being in that bus, because I had no idea who that was that was attacking us"

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Rose Namajunas
celebrates her victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland in their UFC women's strawweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Rose Namajunas celebrates her victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland in their UFC women's strawweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Rose Namajunas celebrates her victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland in their UFC women's strawweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

MMA fighter Rose Namajunas has spoken for the first time at the terror she suffered when Conor McGregor laid siege to her bus in a bid to rough up one of his bitter rivals. 

The Lithuanian-American grappler was one of a number of fighters on the bus that was now infamously attacked by Conor McGregor in April 2018, as his opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov prepared to leave a New York arena.

The shocking incident, which was caught on camera, took place after a media day promoting UFC 223 turned into an ugly street fight.

At the time McGregor and a number of associates arrived unannounced at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre and proceeded to attack a bus which was hired to transport Nurmagomedov and a number of other MMA stars back to their hotel.

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McGregor is led out of the 78th Police Precinct in the Brooklyn borough of New York in April last year after his arrest for the bus trolley attack

McGregor is led out of the 78th Police Precinct in the Brooklyn borough of New York in April last year after his arrest for the bus trolley attack

McGregor is led out of the 78th Police Precinct in the Brooklyn borough of New York in April last year after his arrest for the bus trolley attack

And while the footage shows a crazed McGregor ranting and raving outside of the bus, inside, Rose Namajunas paints a very different picture.

“It was like an eternity being in that bus, because I had no idea who that was that was attacking us,” Namajunas said in a Year of the Fighter segment on UFC Fight Pass.

“All of a sudden I see a big ol’ 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 McGregor 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 explained how she initially feared that it was a random act of violence and was brought back to her childhood, when projectiles would be hurled at her school bus.

“In my head, once I found out it was Conor, I was a little relieved, but I still was on edge,” she said.

“It just took me back to when I was a kid, riding to school through bad neighbourhoods on a bus and people throwing sh*t at our bus.

“And I’ve never been completely cornered like that.

“We were just sitting there not in control. So what did I do in that moment?

“I said the Lord’s prayer again and then it did make me feel a little bit better at that moment, and it got me through that tough moment.”

Namajunas said she was lucky to escape the ordeal without any injuries; unlike fellow fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg who were hurt by shards of broken glass.

McGregor was ultimately arrested and charged after handing himself in, along with teammate Cian Cowley.

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