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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: AMANDA NUNES

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THE LIONESS OF THE UFC

Recently, I had the opportunity to watch my first UFC fight with a group of friends. The program consisted of about 6 different fights, one of them being a women’s match. The female fighters were Megan Anderson and Amanda Nunes. Within two minutes of the first round, Nunes had won the fight by submission. I was so impressed by the pure talent and strength of this woman that I decided to do some research. And I found out that Amanda Nunes is one of the greatest fighters in the entire UFC.

Credit: Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC

Nunes grew up in a small town in Brazil, with her mother and three sisters. This is where she started taking karate at a very young age which later allowed her to start other fighting styles in her teen years. As she entered the MMA fighting scene, she, like most other fighters from foreign countries, knew that moving from Brazil to America would be the best thing for her career. This is where she began dominating the female MMA fighting scene, defeating nearly every opponent in her path. In July of 2016, she won the UFC Bantamweight Championship, becoming the first female Brazilian to hold a UFC title. In late December 2018, she won the UFC Featherweight title, becoming the first female UFC fighter in history to hold two belts at once. She was also given the nickname of “The Lioness” very early on in her career. 

Not only has Nunes broken barriers for women in the UFC, but she is also the first openly gay fighter in the UFC to win a title. Before and after Nunes fights, you can often see her with her fiance Nina Ansaroff, a fellow UFC fighter in the Strawweight division. Amanda and Nina were also blessed to welcome their first child into the world last September, a daughter named Raegan Nunes

Amanda Nunes, Nina Ansaroff and Raegan Ann Nunes via Twitter

Nunes is an inspiration for young women all over the world. She has not only shown how powerful female fighters can be but also how you should not have to change who you love to become successful in this world. She has done so many firsts only other fighters could dream of doing. She inspires me to not give a damn what any man thinks. In her recent fight, you can see her embracing her fiance and daughter after the fight, giving the fight a very personal meaning.