One of the beautiful things about human beings is our ability to make anything into a form of art and make money off of it. There is no shortage of options for anyone to find whatever their hands and legs are good at and build a career from it. Fighting is one of those things. What would naturally be considered a terrible, injury-inflicting activity is a form of art and a revenue generator when it is done in a controlled environment. The UFC is one of the purveyors of this human creativity and it has provided a place for men and women who see themselves as born fighters to make a living out of it. One of those women is Amanda Nunes, a Brazilian mixed martial artist.
Amanda Nunes’ Bio
One of the top names in the UFC for both men and women is Amanda Nunes, an amazing fighter who has stayed at the summit of the sport for some time. The Brazilian martial artist was born on May 30, 1988, in a little town outside of Salvador, Bahia in Brazil. Not much is known about her parents or her childhood, however, we know she was born to Sindoval Nunes and Ivete Nunes as their second daughter – their first daughter is Vanessa Nunes.
Amanda’s life as a fighter and martial artist started at the age of four when she began lessons in karate. At sixteen, she added boxing to her fighting skills and competed in one of the popular fighting styles, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after she was encouraged by her sister, Vanessa, who is also a well-trained fighter. At the competition, she trained under Ryan Franco, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt holder to improve her proficiency in the fighting style.
Amanda’s educational history is unknown and every indication suggests her entire formal education was in the martial arts.
Poised to make something of her fighting abilities, she moved to the United States and lived in New Jersey, training at the AMA Fight Club before moving to Florida and training at the MMA Masters. The exact time she moved to the US is not public information at this point, but she made her professional MMA debut in 2008, in a match against Ana Maria in the Prime MMA Championship 2 on March 8, 2008. She, however, lost her first match to Ana.
Before she joined the UFC, she fought under two competition organizers, Strikeforce, and Invicta FC. While she was at Strikeforce, she started out with five straight victories, dusting off the disappointment of her first fight. During this time, she fought 6 times and lost just once.
At Invicta, she fought twice and lost one, winning the other. She made her Ultimate Fighting Championship debut on August 3, 2013. She had her first UFC fight against Sheila Gaff and won via TKO in the first round.
Over the next three years, Nunes fought six times and lost just once. Her record in the UFC qualified her for a title fight and on July 9, 2016, she got her chance to claim the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship in a fight against Miesha Tate. She won the fight by submission and claimed her first UFC title.
Nunes title defense fight came against UFC superstar, Ronda Rousey on December 30, 2016. Nunes won the fight and established herself as a real star of the sport. She’s won every title defense since then. Her fighting style and athleticism have earned her three Performance of the Night awards at the UFC.
Amanda Nunes – Fighting Record
Her professional career so far has seen her in 20 matches. She has won 16 of them and lost 4. She has 11 wins from knockouts, 3 from submission, and 2 from judges’ decisions. Her losses have been twice by knockout, one by submission and the other by judges’ decision.
Is She Gay? Girlfriend, Partner
Amanda Nunes is one of the few openly gay people in professional sports. She prefers to focus on her work rather than her sexual orientation but her exploits in the sport despite her choices, are helping to change the way people see minorities. She was given an Equality Visibility Award in 2016 by Equality California for her openness.
She is currently engaged to another UFC fighter, Nina Ansaroff. The couple has been together since 2012. Very few details are available about their relationship because Nunes prefers to keep a low profile but every indication suggests the couple is doing fine.