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UFC Fighter Amanda Nunes Becomes First Openly LGBTQ Champion

by Brooke Sopelsa /
UFC 200: Tate v Nunes
Amanda Nunes poses for a portrait backstage during the UFC 200 event on July 9, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC / Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
UFC 200: Tate v Nunes
(L) Amanda Nunes punches Miesha Tate during the UFC 200 event on July 9, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.Ed Mulholland / Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Amanda Nunes defeated Miesha Tate Saturday night at UFC 200 to become the the organization's first openly LGBTQ champion - and the new women's bantamweight title holder.

"This is a dream come true for me," Nunes said in a post-fight interview posted by UFC. "I waited 10 years [of] my life [for] this moment, and finally now I'm the champion."

In a press conference following the fight, Nunes was asked whether it makes her proud to be "the first openly gay champion in the history of the UFC." She was unequivocal in her response.

"This is amazing," Nunes answered. "The most important thing is I'm happy with my life."

Nunes also professed her love and admiration for her girlfriend, fellow UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff, during the conference.

"Nina is the best training partner I ever have in my life. She's going to be the next UFC champion ... I love her"

When asked about last month's mass shooting at an Orlando gay bar, the Florida-based Nunes said the situation made her "very sad" and added "I wish these things don't happen anymore ... Peace in the world is very important."

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