UFC champ Amanda Nunes receives Equality Visibility Award

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes added another honor this past weekend.

At the annual Equality California Awards in Los Angeles, Nunes was presented with the 2016 Equality Visibility Award, which is given out annually to “individuals who have brought greater awareness to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights issues.”

Back in July, Nunes defeated Miesha Tate and UFC 200 to claim the women’s bantamweight championship.

In that moment, Nunes also became the first openly gay athlete to win a UFC title.

“When people find out how strong and powerful love is, then this world will be a better place. I want to see this happen one day,” Nunes said, via UFC.com. “I’m going to do everything I can to support this community with a positive presence by sharing my love and showing everyone that I’m happy. My dream has come true and I want to share this with everyone and help a lot of people be themselves. I’m going to keep doing it until the world is better.”

Nunes accepted the award alongside her girlfriend and training partner, UFC strawweight Nina Ansaroff.

“We’re incredibly proud of Amanda and how she lives and breathes the UFC maxim that We Are All Fighters,” said Ike Lawrence Epstein, UFC Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

“As UFC champ, Amanda is a visible figure in the sports world, so her dedication to living authentically is an inspiration to millions of fans around the world. She continues to demonstrate courage both inside and outside of the Octagon, and that’s what makes her a truly great champion.”

Nunes is currently on a four-fight winning streak inside of the Octagon, with three of those four victories coming by way of stoppage. There is no scheduled opponent or date for Nunes’ first title defense.

Check out photos from the awards below:




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