Amanda Nunes is a professional mixed martial artist, who is currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. She is the current champion of the Bantamweight and Featherweight in the women’s division, thus becoming the first woman to hold 2 titles at the same time. Nunes, who is known as The Lioness, is the first openly lesbian in MMA history. She is married to Nina Ansaroff, her fellow UFC fighter who is currently competing in the Strawweight division.
The Life of Nunes Before Mixed Martial Arts
Nunes is the daughter of Ivete and Sandoval Nunes and has two other two older sisters named Valdirene and Vanessa. As a child, Nunes is mischievous and often seen getting involved in street fights with other kids. When she misbehaves, her mother would call and look at her, and Nunes is already freezing in fear. Even if her parents were divorced, she was still in contact with her father and he encouraged her to be more involved with sports so she could put her excess energy in place.
Fighting runs in her blood as her uncle, Jose Silva was a Vale Tudo fighter while her mother was trained into boxing. The first martial arts that she enrolled in was capoeira and at seven years old, she shifted to karate. A few years later, she tried training for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as per Vanessa’s influence. At the same time, she learned how to box and followed in her mother’s footsteps.
The Start of Nunes’ Career
Because of Nunes’ potential to become a great fighter, she entered BJJ Tournaments where she won a gold medal at the 2008 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship and 2009 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. In 2007, she started her training for MMA in New Jersey and by the following year, she debuted at the Prime MMA Championship 2 but was defeated by Ana Maria by submission.
Controversial MMA Fights
One of Nunes’ most controversial fights was against Valentina Shevchenko where Nunes won via split decision. Her rival only has 2 losses in her entire career, where both of her losses were done by Nunes. Shevchenko is asking for a trilogy to happen because she was questioning the judges’ decisions, which Nunes refused and the UFC has unclear decisions about it, too. Shevchenko was firm to believe that all of her punches landed on Nunes and that she would have won three out of five rounds.
Nunes and Shevchenko never really liked each other and this is not the first time that they have clashed in the public eyes.
Mixed Martial Arts Record
- Wins: 21
- Wins by Knockout: 13
- Loss: 4