Nina Nunes
The Strina


Returns from long layoff with loss
April 10, 2021
Nunes lost to Mackenzie Dern via submission (armbar) at 4:48 of Round 1 at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Nunes had no business coming in as any sort of favorite considering she hadn't fought since June 2019 due to the birth of her daughter, but a favorite (-130) she was, and Nunes ended up lasting less than a round. To be fair, Nunes could have been fighting regularly during that period of time and she still wouldn't have had any chance on the mat against one of the most decorated submission specialists in the history of the sport. Nunes is going to get a pass for this one considering her time away and the future star potential of Dern, but it's difficult to see her making any sort of run considering she will be turning 36 years of age this coming December.
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Returning against Mackenzie Dern
December 21, 2020
Ansaroff is expected to return to the Octagon to take on Mackenzie Dern on April 10, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The matchup is yet to be officially signed but appears set to go forward. Ansaroff will be searching for her first win since she defeated Claudia Gadelha by unanimous decision back in December of 2018. She lost a unanimous decision against Tatiana Suarez in her only 2019 fight before taking an extended period off due to the birth of her first child. Dern fought three times in 2020, winning two by first-round submission and the third by unanimous decision.
Puts fighting career on hold
October 10, 2019
Ansaroff will take one year off from the UFC in an attempt to have her first child, Marc Raimondi of reports.
Ansaroff hasn't fought since suffering a defeat at UFC 238 in early June, and is now putting her career on hold for a year as she attempts to have a child. She will miss the rest of 2019 and likely most or all of 2020 as a result. The 33-year-old has a 10-6 record as a professional fighter.
Finishes with strong third round
June 8, 2019
Ansaroff lost to Tatiana Suarez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 238 on Saturday in Chicago.
Ansaroff struggled to stay off her back in the first two rounds. Suarez is a tough wrestler and took her down virtually at will. However, in the third round, Ansaroff kept the fight on the feet and landed some hard strikes. It was not enough to take the decision, but it was a bit of a moral victory for the 115-pound fighter.
Added to Chicago UFC card
March 11, 2019
Ansaroff will enter the Octagon again June 8 at UFC 238 against Tatiana Suarez, Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Ansaroff and Suarez is already shaping up to be one of the most intriguing bouts of UFC 238 as each will go into the fight riding four-bout winning streaks. Ansaroff is coming off an impressive win over Claudia Gadelha at UFC 231 in December, while Suarez will have a little longer between bouts since defeating Carla Esparza at UFC 228 in September.
Win streak at four after stunning Claudia Gadelha
December 8, 2018
Ansaroff defeated Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 231 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Many thought Ansaroff was not deserving of a fight against Gadelha and she went out and earned what was by far the biggest victory of her career. Nina bent, but didn't break. She obliterated Gadelha on the feet (123-85 edge in total strikes landed) and her strong boxing work allowed Ansaroff survive a pair of successful takedowns from her opponent. This recent surge by Nina is nothing short of remarkable. She was a .500 fighter less than two years ago and she has went out and won four fights in a row since. It remains highly likely that the good times will be ending in the near future, but she has already accomplished more in the past 24 months than anyone could have possibly imagined.