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.

Amanda Nunes
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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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