Amanda Nunes' longtime girlfriend Nina Ansaroff has become a staple of Nunes' Fight Week. From media functions to the actual fight to the social media posts in the aftermath, Ansaroff can often be spotted in the background of anything Nunes does.
That said, little is known about the relationship between the two UFC fighters. That changed Tuesday when Ansaroff appeared on UFC Unfiltered and shed some light on what life is like between the them.
"We just take everything out in our sparring rounds to be honest," said Ansaroff (h/t FloCombat.com's Jim Edwards for the transcription). She continued:
We enjoy being around each other and we are also best friends. We go fishing together and we go training together and sometimes we go a little heavier in the sparring session and then we just smile after. ... It's not that bad. It really does help [sparring]. The best thing about it is, is that it's not something that's ever really talked about. It's kinda like you know what's up, I know what's up. We get it out in our training and then it's never left the cage and it's never left the gym. That's it. It's amazing.
Sharp-eared fans heard Nunes label Ansaroff a champion in the making following her win over Ronda Rousey at UFC 207, and Ansaroff has the tall order of trying to live up to that this Saturday. At UFC Fight Night 103, Ansaroff will face Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger in a critical fight in her career.
While both women enter the event with 0-2 records in the Octagon, Ansaroff says the stats don't tell the whole truth. "If you look at my record just on paper, it looks horrible, but people who know me and people who train with me at American Top Team who are former champions believe in me and encourage me," she said. "I know I have it in me. I don't gas and I stay consistent."
She'll need to be on point to beat Jones-Lybarger, but she seems to have the right corner to help her get the job done.