Amanda Nunes

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Amanda Nunes
Amanda Nunes.jpg
Born Amanda Lourenço Nunes
(1988-05-30) May 30, 1988 (age 30)
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Other names The Lioness
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Division Bantamweight [2]
Reach 69 in (175 cm)[3]
Style Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Capoeira
Fighting out of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Team AMA Fight Club MMA Masters (former) American Top Team
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Brown belt in Judo[3]
Years active 2008–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 20
Wins 16
By knockout 11
By submission 3
By decision 2
Losses 4
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Amanda Lourenço Nunes[4] (born May 30, 1988) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where she is the reigning UFC Women's Bantamweight champion. As of August 2018, she is #14 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.[5]

Early life[edit]

Nunes grew up in a small town outside of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She started training in karate at age four and pursued training in boxing at the age of sixteen. She first competed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after being invited to a dojo by her sister, who also trained in the sport.[6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Nunes lived in New Jersey and trained at AMA Fight Club before moving to Miami to train at MMA Masters. She is currently training at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida. 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.

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.[7]


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.[8]

Nunes was scheduled to fight Julie Kedzie at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum on June 18, 2011, in Dallas, Texas.[9] The bout, however, was cancelled after Nunes sustained a foot injury.[10]

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. In the first round, Nunes started strong with heavy strikes, but quickly faded. By the second round, Nunes was exhausted from the start of the round. While attempting a takedown she was instantly reversed where Davis was able to obtain full mount to finish Nunes with strikes.[11]

Nunes signed to face Cat Zingano at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy on September 29, 2012,[12] 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]

Invicta FC[edit]

Nunes was scheduled to face Milana Dudieva at Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann on July 28, 2012.[14] However, Dudieva withdrew from the fight due to illness on July 9 and Nunes was then set to face Leslie Smith instead.[15] Smith also withdrew due to an injury and Nunes ultimately faced Raquel Pa'aluhi.[16] Nunes won the fight via technical submission due to a rear-naked choke in the first round.[17]

On January 5, 2013, Nunes returned to Invicta Fighting Championships to face Sarah D'Alelio at Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt.[18] Nunes lost the fight via unanimous decision.[19][20]

Nunes was scheduled to face Kaitlin Young at Invicta FC 5 on April 5, 2013.[21] However, she sustained an arm injury and was forced to withdraw from the fight.[22]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Nunes made her Octagon debut against Sheila Gaff at UFC 163 on August 3, 2013, in Brazil.[23] She won the fight via TKO in the first round.[24][25]

Nunes made her second UFC appearance when she faced Germaine de Randamie at UFC Fight Night 31 on November 6, 2013.[26] She won the fight via TKO in the first round.[27][28]

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.[29] However, Nunes later pulled out of the bout with a dislocated thumb.[30]

Nunes faced Cat Zingano on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178.[31] After nearly finishing Zingano with punches in the first round, she lost the next round before being finished via TKO in the third round.[32]

Nunes faced Shayna Baszler on March 21, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 62.[33] She won the fight via TKO in the first round.

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.[34][35]

Nunes faced Valentina Shevchenko on March 5, 2016, at UFC 196. She won the fight by unanimous decision.[36]

UFC Champion[edit]

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.[37] Her victory made her the first openly gay champion in UFC history.[38][39]

On December 30, 2016, Nunes made her first title defense against returning MMA superstar Ronda Rousey in the main event at UFC 207.[40] Nunes won the fight via TKO due to punches just 48 seconds into the first round.[41][42]

For her second title defense, Nunes was scheduled to face Valentina Shevchenko in a rematch at UFC 213 on July 8, 2017. The pair originally fought at UFC 196 with Nunes winning by unanimous decision.[43] However, Nunes was hospitalized the morning of the fight with chronic sinusitis and the fight was cancelled.[44] Joanna Jędrzejczyk offered to replace Nunes, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission could not clear her on such a short notice.[45] Nunes instead fought Shevchenko at UFC 215 on September 9 in Edmonton, Alberta.[46] Nunes won the closely contested fight by split decision.[47]

Nunes faced Raquel Pennington on May 12, 2018 at UFC 224.[48] After a rather dominant performance, Nunes finished the fight with ground and pound at 2:36 of round five.[49] This was the first event in UFC history to be headlined by two openly gay fighters.[50]

Nunes is scheduled to face Cris Cyborg for the Women's Featherweight Championship fight on December 29, 2018 at UFC 232.[51]

Personal life[edit]

Nunes is openly lesbian. She is engaged to a fellow UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff, who competes in the strawweight division,.[52] and credits the relationship for her UFC successes.[39]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–4 Raquel Pennington TKO (punches) UFC 224 May 12, 2018 5 2:36 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Defended the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 15–4 Valentina Shevchenko Decision (split) UFC 215 September 9, 2017 5 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Defended the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 14–4 Ronda Rousey TKO (punches) UFC 207 December 30, 2016 1 0:48 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 13–4 Miesha Tate Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 200 July 9, 2016 1 3:16 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 12–4 Valentina Shevchenko Decision (unanimous) UFC 196 March 5, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–4 Sara McMann Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux August 8, 2015 1 2:53 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–4 Shayna Baszler TKO (leg kick) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare March 21, 2015 1 1:56 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 9–4 Cat Zingano TKO (elbows and punches) UFC 178 September 27, 2014 3 1:21 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–3 Germaine de Randamie TKO (elbows) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 November 6, 2013 1 3:56 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States
Win 8–3 Sheila Gaff TKO (punches and elbows) UFC 163 August 3, 2013 1 2:08 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 7–3 Sarah D'Alelio Decision (unanimous) Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt January 5, 2013 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 7–2 Raquel Pa'aluhi Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann July 28, 2012 1 2:24 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 6–2 Alexis Davis TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov September 10, 2011 2 4:53 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Bantamweight debut.
Win 6–1 Julia Budd KO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine January 7, 2011 1 0:14 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 5–1 Ediane Gomes TKO (punches) Bitetti Combat 6 February 25, 2010 2 3:00 Brasília, Brazil
Win 4–1 Vanessa Porto TKO (corner stoppage) Samurai FC 2: Warrior's Return December 12, 2009 2 5:00 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 3–1 Deise Lee Rocha TKO (punches) Samurai Fight Combat September 12, 2009 1 1:08 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 2–1 Nadja Nadja TKO (punches) Prime: MMA Championship 3 July 1, 2009 1 0:47 Salvador, Brazil
Win 1–1 Paty Barbosa TKO (corner stoppage) Demo Fight 3 May 24, 2008 1 0:11 Salvador, Brazil
Loss 0–1 Ana Maria Índia Submission (armbar) Prime: MMA Championship 2 March 8, 2008 1 0:35 Salvador, Brazil

See also[edit]


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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Miesha Tate
4th UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion
July 9, 2016 – present