For Amanda Nunes, winning the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Bantamweight title by viciously choking out Miesha Tate in the main event of UFC 200 last night (Sat., July 9, 2016) was the biggest moment of her mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Still, during the post-fight presser (video replay here), "Lioness" was sharing the spotlight with another UFC fighter, Nina Ansaroff, her long-time girlfriend who she dubbed a future UFC champ. It was a testament to the unselfishness and humble attitude possessed by the Brazilian.
Not only did Nunes win her first-ever UFC title, in doing so she also became the promotion's first-ever openly-gay title holder. It's an accomplishment she takes great pride in.
"Nina 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."
Nunes and Ansaroff reside in Orlando, Fla., site of the recent deadly shooting in a gay nightclub. The incident hit home in more ways that one for the duo. For Nunes, it was a sad situation the reminded her of the lack of peace in the world.
"It makes me very sad. I wish these things never happened anymore. Peace in the world is very important. And I don't think USA is going to let this happen again. It's going to stop."
Nunes' win over Tate was her fourth straight and sixth of seven overall inside the eight-walled cage. As for her next step, when broached about a potential title defense against former longtime champ Ronda Rousey, the Brazilian bomber didn't hesitate to accept the challenge.