Nina Ansaroff

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Nina Ansaroff
Born (1985-12-03) December 3, 1985 (age 32)
Weston, Florida, United States
Other namesThe Strina
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st)
Reach64 in (163 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team
Rank3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo[2]
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active2008–present[3]
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission2
By decision3
By submission1
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Nina Ansaroff (Мacedonian: Нина Ансарова),(born December 3, 1985)[4] is an American mixed martial artist who is currently competing in the women's strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of August 29, 2018, she is the #11 ranked contender in the official UFC strawweight rankings.[5]


Ansaroff was born and raised in Weston, Florida and descends from the Republic of Macedonia.[6] She wrestled while at Lake Region High School (Florida).[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Ansaroff started practicing Taekwondo at the age of 6. She began training in mixed martial arts in 2009 as a way to lose weight and to help keep in shape following a motorcycle accident. She made her professional debut in 2010, and amassed a record of 5-3 before joining Invicta FC.[2][8]

Invicta FC[edit]

Ansaroff made her promotional debut against Munah Holland on December 7, 2013 at Invicta FC 7.[9] Ansaroff won the fight via TKO in the third round.[10]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Ansaroff made her debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) against Juliana Lima on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 56.[11] Ansaroff lost the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Ansaroff was expected to face Rose Namajunas on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187. Nina Ansaroff missed weight on her first attempt at the weigh-ins, coming in 4 lbs overweight at 120 lbs. After having made no attempts to cut further, she was fined 20 percent of her fight purse, which went to Rose Namajunas. However, on the day of the event, Ansaroff was pulled out of the bout by UFC doctors after contracting a case of the flu. As a result, Namajunas was pulled from the event entirely[10]

Ansaroff next faced Justine Kish at UFC 195 on January 2, 2016.[13] She lost the fight by unanimous decision.

Ansaroff faced Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger at UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn on January 15, 2017. She won the fight via submission in the third round.

Ansaroff faced Angela Hill at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis on November 11, 2017.[14] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[15]

Ansaroff faced Randa Markos on July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2.[16] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[17]

Ansaroff is expected to face Cláudia Gadelha on December 8, 2018 at UFC 231.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Ansaroff is openly lesbian. She is engaged to a fellow UFC fighter Amanda Nunes, the reigning UFC Women's Bantamweight champion.[19]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–5 Randa Markos Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 8–5 Angela Hill Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis November 11, 2017 3 5:00 Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Win 7–5 Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn January 15, 2017 3 3:39 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Loss 6–5 Justine Kish Decision (unanimous) UFC 195 January 2, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 6–4 Juliana Lima Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux November 8, 2014 3 5:00 Uberlândia, Brazil
Win 6–3 Munah Holland TKO (punches) Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs. Smith December 7, 2013 3 3:54 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Flyweight bout. Knockout of the Night.
Win 5–3 Aylla Caroline Lima TKO (body kick and punches) Premier Fight League 10 June 15, 2013 1 1:25 Serrinha, Brazil
Win 4–3 Trisha Clark TKO (punches) Centurion Fights March 1, 2013 2 2:14 St. Joseph, Missouri, United States
Win 3–3 Tyra Parker Submission (armbar) Wild Bill's Fight Night 51 December 15, 2012 2 2:00 Duluth, Georgia, United States
Win 2–3 Jessica Doerner TKO (punches) The Cage Inc.: Battle at the Border 11 November 24, 2012 1 1:52 Hankinson, North Dakota, United States
Loss 1–3 Casey Noland Submission (rear-naked choke) The Cage Inc.: Battle at the Border 10 July 30, 2011 1 1:18 Hankinson, North Dakota, United States
Loss 1–2 Barb Honchak Decision (unanimous) Crowbar MMA: Spring Brawl 2 April 29, 2011 3 5:00 Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
Loss 1–1 Carla Esparza Decision (split) Crowbar MMA: Winter Brawl December 10, 2010 3 5:00 Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States
Win 1–0 Catia Vitoria Decision (unanimous) Crowbar MMA: Fall Brawl September 11, 2010 5 5:00 Fargo, North Dakota, United States

Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Jenny Yum Decision (unanimous) HOOKnSHOOT - GFight Summit 2010 March 20, 2010 3 3:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win[3] 2–0 Christy Tada TKO (referee stoppage) The Future Stars of MMA April 24, 2009 1 0:46
Win[3] 1–0 Sara Seitz Submission (punches) Xplosive Caged Combat January 11, 2008 3 1:30

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Shogun vs. Saint Preux". Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Nina Ansaroff". Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  3. ^ a b c "Nina Ansaroff Awakening Profile". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  4. ^ "Nina". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  5. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  6. ^ Straka, Mike (2015-05-19). "Nina Ansaroff Making Her True UFC Debut | UFC &reg - News". Retrieved 2015-12-29.
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  8. ^ John Morgan (2014-11-07). "After nearly cutting career short, Nina Ansaroff predicts KO at UFC Fight Night 56". Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  9. ^ Al Stover (2013-11-14). "Nina Ansaroff and Munah Holland looking for first Invicta win". Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  10. ^ a b Neil Rooke (2015-02-23). "Rose Namajunas vs. Nina Ansaroff Slated for UFC 187". Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  11. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-10-22). "What the MMA community got wrong about Nina Ansaroff's crowdfunding effort". Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  12. ^ Steven Marrocco (2014-11-08). "UFC Fight Night 56 results: Juliana Lima has rude welcome for Nina Ansaroff". Retrieved 2015-03-17.
  13. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2015-11-04). "Jan. Action Heats Up with Two New Bouts". Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  14. ^ "UFC Fight Night 120 adds Angela Hill vs. Nina Ansaroff". MMAjunkie. 2017-08-17. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  15. ^ "UFC Fight Night 120 results: Nina Ansaroff edges Angela Hill in high-paced affair". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-12. Retrieved 2017-11-12.
  16. ^ DNA, MMA. "Randa Markos treft Nina Ansaroff tijdens UFC on FOX 30 in Calgary". Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  17. ^ "UFC on FOX 30 results: Nina Ansaroff rallies for decision win over Randa Markos". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  18. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-09-05). "Former title defender Claudia Gadelha meets Nina Ansaroff at UFC 231 in Toronto". Retrieved 2018-09-05. (in Dutch)
  19. ^ Drahota, Mike (2018-08-18). "Amanda Nunes & Nina Ansaroff Officially Announce Engagement". Retrieved 2018-08-19.

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