Amanda Nunes is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. She currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). She is the UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion.
Let’s see some interesting facts about her!
1. Amanda Lourenço Nunes was born May 30, 1988.
2. Nunes grew up in a small town outside of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
3. She started training in karate at age four and pursued training in boxing at the age of sixteen.
4. Under the strict tutelage of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Ryan Franco of Redding, California, she began to hone her grappling skills.
5. She attributes much of her success to the teachings of her master, Mr. Franco.
5. She first competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after being invited to a dojo by her sister, who also trained in the sport.
6. Nunes lived in New Jersey and trained at AMA Fight Club, but now lives in Miami and trains at MMA Masters.
7. She has competed in the 135- and 145-pound weight divisions and has stated that she intends to fight at 135 pounds for the foreseeable future.
8. Nunes made her mixed martial arts debut on March 8, 2008 at Prime MMA Championship 2. She faced Ana Maria and was defeated by armbar submission in the first round.
9. Nunes won five straight fights, all by a form of knockout, and made her Strikeforce debut on January 7, 2011 at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine in Nashville, Tennessee. She defeated Canadian Julia Budd by knockout in just 14 seconds.
10. Nunes was scheduled to fight Julie Kedzie at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum on June 18, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The bout, however, was cancelled after Nunes sustained a foot injury.
11. Nunes fought Alexis Davis on September 10, 2011 on the Strikeforce Grand Prix Semifinals card. She lost the fight via TKO late in the second round.
12. Nunes signed to face Cat Zingano at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy on September 29, 2012, but the event was cancelled when Gilbert Melendez, who was set to defend his title against Pat Healy, sustained a knee injury in training that forced his withdrawal from the card.
13. Nunes was scheduled to face Milana Dudieva at Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann on July 28, 2012. However, Dudieva withdrew from the fight due to illness on July 9 and Nunes was then set to face Leslie Smith instead. Smith also withdrew due to an injury and Nunes ultimately faced Raquel Pa’aluhi. Nunes won the fight via technical submission due to a rear-naked choke in the first round.
14. On January 5, 2013, Nunes returned to Invicta Fighting Championships to face Sarah D’Alelio at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt. Nunes lost the fight via unanimous decision.
15. Nunes was scheduled to face Kaitlin Young at Invicta FC 5 on April 5, 2013. However, she sustained an arm injury and was forced to withdraw from the fight.
16. Nunes made her Octagon debut against Sheila Gaff at UFC 163 on August 3, 2013 in Brazil. She won the fight via TKO in the first round.
17. Nunes made her second UFC appearance when she faced Germaine de Randamie at UFC Fight Night 31 on November 6, 2013. She won the fight via TKO in the first round.
18. For her third fight with the promotion, Nunes was named the injury replacement for Shayna Baszler against Sarah Kaufman at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale. However, Nunes later pulled out of the bout with a dislocated thumb.
19. Nunes faced Cat Zingano on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178. After nearly finishing Zingano with punches in the first round, she lost the next round before being finished via TKO in the third round.
20. Nunes faced Shayna Baszler on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62. She won the fight via TKO in the first round.
21. Nunes faced Sara McMann on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 73. She won the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in the first round, after knocking her opponent down with a three punch combination.
22. Nunes faced Valentina Shevchenko on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196. She won the fight by unanimous decision.
23. After amassing a three-fight win streak, Nunes earned her first title shot in the UFC. She faced Miesha Tate for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship on July 9, 2016 at UFC 200. Nunes stunned Tate early on via knee and punches and then won the fight by submission (rear-naked choke) in the first round.
24. On December 30, 2016, Nunes successfully defended the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against returning MMA superstar Ronda Rousey where she won in the first round at 48 seconds via TKO in the main event of UFC 207. The event took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
25. Nunes is the UFC’s first openly lesbian champion.
26. She has been in a relationship with fellow UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff, who competes in the strawweight division, for the past four years.