UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (13-4-0) was presented last weekend with the 2016 Equality Visibility award at the Equality California awards in Los Angeles.
The award recognizes an individual who brings positive awareness to issues concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights.
Nunes accepted the award with her girlfriend, UFC strawweight Nina Ansaroff.
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“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 in a UFC press release. “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 won the title with a convincing submission win over Miesha Tate at UFC 200.
“We’re incredibly proud of Amanda and how she lives and breathes the UFC maxim that We Are All Fighters,” Ike Lawrence Epstein, UFC senior executive vice president and COO said. “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 previously served as an unofficial ambassador of the UFC’s “We are all Fighters” campaign, which raises money and awards for LGBT community groups.