Fighter Profile: Nina Ansaroff Nunes

Nina Nunes is on the coaching staff of the New season of The Ultimate Fighter behind her wife Amanda Nunes. The pair are a UFC power couple and this season has not disappointed so far. Nunes is currently ranked in the top 10 of the Women’s strawweight division and has a record of 10-7-0 and will make her return to the UFC Octagon on July 9, 2022 in the UFC Apex Center. She is looking to get back into the win column after two losses in her last outings to Tatiana Suarez and Mackenzie Dern.

Nunes was born Nina Ann Ansaroff on December 3, 1985 in Weston, Florida. Nunes started taking classes in Taekwondo at the age of 6 she would later earn a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. Nunes wrestled in high School at Lake Region High School. Nunes would start training MMA to lose weight and stay active after a Motorcycle accident. She’d later earn a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Nunes would start her amateur MMA career in 2008 where she compiled a 3-0 record. She turned pro in September of 2010.

Nunes would make her pro debut  against Catia Vitoria in the Crowbar MMA promotion; she’d win the bout by Unanimous Decision. She’d then hit the first rough patch of her career losing her first bout to future two time UFC Champion Carla Esparza by Split Decision. Nunes would then face future Invicta FC Flyweight Champion losing to Barb Honchak. She’d lose her next bout too to Casey Noland, but Nunes was not deterred; she’d face Jessica Doerner in November of 2012 winning the bout by TKO. This win by Nunes started a five fight win streak which would lead to Nunes ending up in the UFC.

Nunes would make her UFC debut against Juliana Lima Unfortunately for Nunes she lost the contest. She then would face World Muay-Thai Champion Justine Kish at UFC 195 losing the bout by Unanimous Decision. Nunes would get back in the win column in her next bout when she’d face off against Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger winning the fight by Submission (rear-naked choke) in January of 2017.  She’d get her second win in the UFC against Angela Hill in November of 2017. Randa Markos would be next for Nunes and she would win the bout on the judges scorecards by Unanimous Decision. She’d then get another win against Claudia Gahdelha in December of 2018. Nunes would lose her next two bouts to Suarez and Dern.

We’re excited to see how Nune’s next fight shakes out. 

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