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Meet The New Women’s UFC Champ Who Just Made History

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Brazilian MMA fighter Amanda Nunes made history at UFC 200. Not only is she the first Brazilian-born woman to win a UFC belt, she also the first openly gay UFC champion.

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The 28-year-old defeated Miesha Tate by rear naked choke in the first round of their UFC 200 fight, making her the new owner of the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship belt.

This is what her opponent, Miesha Tate, looked like after the fight.

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Ouch.

But Nunes wasn’t always the Lioness of the Ring.

Best friends… We just didn't know it yet. / Eramos melhores amigas no passado, separadas pelo oceano.?

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Nunes’ path to UFC champ started in Salvador, Brazil, where she first learned karate at the age of 4 years old.

#tbt Eu e Sebastião Sinho ?

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Not pictured, karate.

Through years of training and hard work, Nunes’ career took her from Brazil to the U.S. In 2008, she had her first MMA match, which she lost by submission.

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Amanda’s in white.

The loss didn’t deter her, and once she made the jump to the UFC, Nunes made the most out of it.

Nunes has won six out of her seven UFC fights and has won her last four fights.

With the help of her partner and trainer, Nina Ansaroff, Amanda shows just how far love can take a person, saying, “This girl, she helps me everyday. I love her.”

The champ is home! #att #champmandy

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Nina was in her corner during the fight, and celebrated every moment.

“To have our very first openly gay champion shows you how far this sport has come.” – UFC vice president Dave Sholler.

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“When you talk about all the great moments, having Amanda carry the flag literally and figuratively for the gay community is a seminal moment for our sport,” said Stoller to USA Today.

Nunes has also inspired the UFC to release a shirt with rainbow text featuring the phrase “We are all fighters.”

After her historic victory, Nunes said, “The most important thing is I’m happy with my life. This is the most important thing.”

Championships come and go, but love is always love.


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Demi Lovato Will Be Singing The National Anthem At The Boxing Match, Maybe Next Time She’ll Get Her Own Fight

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Demi Lovato Will Be Singing The National Anthem At The Boxing Match, Maybe Next Time She’ll Get Her Own Fight

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Demi Lovato has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the upcoming Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor on August 26. The pop star has long been vocal, and visible, about her love for the world of mixed martial arts, so it isn’t a total surprise that she would be associated with a highly anticipated fight.

Demi Lovato first started to show off her love of all things mixed martial arts (MMA) towards the end of last year.

?????? kickin @jayglazer's ass at my oasis @unbreakableperformance #elbowlife

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She has made it a point to train with people who are very much involved with the upper echelons of MMA. It was even reported that the singer wanted to have a true, legitimate MMA fight. That said, it isn’t totally surprising that UFC would tap the singer to sing the national anthem.

She has put her training to the test by going against Sylvester Stallone.

Okay. Clearly, Stallone let her win but who else can say they got to rumble with Rocky?

Lovato has expressed that MMA helped her break the boredom of her traditional workouts.

? you @officialdaniellemartin ?

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“Sometimes I get really bored when I do just an hour of cardio, so sometimes I struggle with boredom,” Lovato told PEOPLE. “But that’s why I like to train MMA, because it keeps it exciting.”

She even dated BJJ black belt and MMA fighter Guilherme ”Bomba” Vasconcelos at one point.

When you kick bae's ass ??? #jiujitsu @bombatuf

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And, quite frankly, she owned him in the gym. ?

But, the burning question is, will Lovato plug her Fabletics clothing line?

Only watching her performance will tell.

(H/T: Billboard)


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Cain Velazquez Says He Got His Tattoo To Honor His Immigrant Father

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Cain Velazquez Says He Got His Tattoo To Honor His Immigrant Father

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He did it for his dad.

Cain Velasquez is just as known for his “Brown Pride” chest tattoo as he is for being a beast in the octagon (just ask Brock Lesnar). The MMA fighter has made no secret of being extremely proud of his Mexican heritage, and in a recent interview with Vice Sports, the former heavyweight champ went into the specifics for why he got it in the first place.

“To me, being a kid, I didn’t have those dreams as a professional athlete because I never saw a guy that was a big Mexican playing professional sports,” he says in the video. He’s not wrong. Outside of baseball and boxing, there aren’t really a lot of Mexicans/Mexican-Americans playing in the major sports leagues.

Beyond visibility, the biggest reason for the “Brown Pride” tattoo is Velasquez’s father and the sacrifices he’s made. “I’m proud that we’re known as hard workers,” he added. “It’s more so a tribute to my dad as far as all the stuff that he had to go through to get here to this country.”

This is by no means the first time that Velasquez has explained his tattoo, but it’s a nice reminder that you can be born in the United States and still feel strongly about your roots. Of course, if you’re a certain presidential candidate, that just makes you un-American.


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