Interview by Paul Salfen
BOUT THUG ROSE: MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST
Directed by award-winning filmmaker Marius Markevicius, Thug Rose: Mixed Martial Artist chronicles the inspiring journey of professional fighter and two-time UFC Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas, who, after experiencing an abusive childhood, became an advocate for mental wellness, an avid environmentalist, and a concert-level pianist– all while gaining international acclaim as one of the fiercest MMA competitors in the world. The film documents her circuitous path to success and spotlights Namajunas’ rare combination of ferocity, artistry, and vulnerability. The documentary is produced by Markevicius (The Other Dream Team,) Jon Weinbach (The Last Dance, The Redeem Team,) and Noah Pollack (Basketball Wives.) UFC’s Dana White, Craig Borsari, and Chris Kartzmark serve as executive producers.