On July 10, 2016, Amanda Nunes became
the very first openly gay UFC fighter to win a major title. She made history once again on December 30, 2016 when she defeated the legendary Ronda Rousey and became the very first openly gay returning champion in UFC history.
Amanda Nunes celebrates her historic win over Ronda Rousey on December 30, 2016. Despite Rousey’s bombastic reputation, she was defeated by Nunes in a devastating 48-second loss (x).
was born on May 30, 1988 in the small town of Salvado, Bahia, Brazil. She began karate lessons at only age 4 and when
she as 16, she advanced to boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. After travelling to
America to pursue a professional mixed martial arts career, Amanda made her
debut at Prime MMA Championship on March 8, 2008.
On July 10, 2016, Amanda became the first openly gay UFC fighter to ever win a major title when she defeated Miesha Thomas. On December 30,
2016, she competed in a second career-defining match against the famous fighter Ronda Rousey. By winning the match, she secured her place in history as the first
openly gay or lesbian UFC fighter to not only win but also defend her major title.
Amanda shares a kiss with her girlfriend after her big win (x).
her success in the ring to her girlfriend, fellow UFC fighter and training
partner, Nina Ansaroff. Amanda is quoted as saying, “She is going to be the
next UFC champion, I mean it…She is going to show everybody. She helps me every
day … and I love her.”