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On July 9, Amanda Nunes became the real MVP for the LGBTQ community. 

The 28-year-old Brazilian fighter swiped UFC's bantam weight championship title from fellow fighter, Miesha Tate — and holy shit, it only took three minutes in the first round. That alone is enough to pop bottles and let the celebrations begin, but Nunes accomplished something even more significant that night: She became the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) first openly gay victor.


UFC isn't known for being a queer-friendly environment.

Fighters have been known to throw gay slurs and outwardly shame other fighters in the queer community. 

For instance, UFC heavyweight champion, Matt Mitrione, threw some transphobic insults at mixed martial artist Fallon Fox, when she revealed that she's transgender.

"That is a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak and I mean that," Mitrione said during the MMA Hour podcast. "Because you lied on your license to beat up women. That's disgusting. You should be embarrassed yourself."

Thankfully, the UFC responded and suspended Mitrione's license.

The fighting league is also taking steps to be inclusive of the LGBTQ community. The UFC is selling rainbow-colored shirts with the slogan "We Are All Fighters," and the proceeds of the sales go to a LGBTQ center in Las Vegas.

Lawrence Epstein, UFC's senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, also shared some powerful words about the UFC being an ally to LGBTQ folks.

"Just as it takes courage to step into the Octagon, it takes courage to stand for what you believe in — and we're proud to stand with members of the LGBTQ community in their fight for equality," he said in a statement.


After Nunes' win, UFC's vice president of public relations recognized how major her impact would now be as well. "To have our very first openly gay champion shows you how far this sport has come."

"Amanda is an incredible ambassador. When you talk about all the great moments, having Amanda carry the flag literally and figuratively for the gay community is a seminal moment for our sport," David Sholler told USA Today.


Nunes has been dating her girlfriend, Nina Ansaroff (also a UFC fighter), for four years.

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"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," Nunes gushed about her partner.

Nunes' girlfriend also recognizes how vital this milestone is.

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“Not so much for us or the fact we are trying to get recognition as a gay couple, but for the human race as it is. People are people. They could be your neighbor, or your next UFC champion. Treat everybody the same,” Ansaroff told USA Today.

#CoupleGoals, right?!

"The most important thing is I'm happy with my life. That's the most important thing," she said of becoming UFC's first openly gay champ.

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And we're so proud of her strength — literally and figuratively — to be such an inspiring figure for the queer community.

An openly lesbian female fighter? What is this? 2016?

Yes...yes it is. Congrats, Nunes!