Amanda Nunes On Being First Openly Gay UFC Champion

Amanda Nunes, who defeated Miesha Tate in just over 3 minutes of the first round to become the new UFC Women’s 135-pound champion, spoke about becoming the first openly gay champion of the UFC at the post-fight press conference held:

“Nina (girlfriend Nina Ansaroff, who is a UFC strawweight fighter) is the best training partner I’ve ever had in my life. This girl is going to be the next UFC champion, I’m telling you. Look at her, she’s shy. This girl has so many talents. And she is going to be back in the cage soon and show everybody that she is going to be the next champion in UFC. It means everything to me. This girl, she helps me everyday. I love her. It’s amazing (to be first UFC gay champion). I am very happy with my life. That’s the most important thing.”

“It’s very sad,” Nunes said of the Orlando tragedy. Nunes and Ansaroff reside in Orlando. “I wish these things didn’t happen anymore. Peace in the world is very important. I don’t think the USA is gonna let this happen anymore. It’s gonna stop.”

UFC’s Senior Executive Vice President and COO Lawrence Epstein also spoke about the UFC’s recent support of the LGBTQ community in a statement issued this weekend.

“Just as it takes courage to step into the Octagon, it takes courage to stand for what you believe in — and we’re proud to stand with members of the LGBTQ community in their fight for equality. As friends and allies of the LGBTQ community, our hope is to raise awareness and help support community groups like the LGBTQ Center that directly impact LGBTQ individuals.”

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