Nina Ansaroff contemplates having baby with UFC champ Amanda Nunes, though decision not clear

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UFC strawweight Nina Ansaroff pulled off arguably the biggest victory of her career earlier this month with a unanimous-decision victory over former Invicta FC champion Angela Hill at UFC Fight Night 120.

And with it, things are on the up-and-up for Ansaroff (8-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC).

After a two-fight losing streak to open her UFC career, the 31-year-old Ansaroff now has back-to-back wins, both coming in 2017. She’s got her mojo back, you might say, and she’s thinking seriously about her future. But those thoughts aren’t just about fighting.

Does she aspire to be a UFC champion? Yes, she does. But also …

“I do want a family, and that’s something that I would have to take time off for,” Ansaroff recently told MMAjunkie Radio following her win earlier this month. “If you’re going to tell me that I’m not going to fight in a year, I would use that year to have a child. But if you tell me we’re going to get this going, give (me) three fights in the next year? Let’s do the thing. I’m not picking one or the other at this time. I’m going to go with what it is.”

Ansaroff, who is in a relationship with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, isn’t ready to make a definite decision on what’s next. She feels like she still has plenty of years fighting left in her. And if the opportunity presents itself to remain active and make a run at the title, Ansaroff will go that route.

That’s the tricky part, though. Some clarity on what the UFC has planned for her in 2018 would help her make a decision.

“It’s not this or that. It is, but it’s not. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t,” Ansaroff said. “But in our situation it takes planning. It’s not like a normal relationship. You know how this works these days. So I need to know when I’m fighting next and when I’m not.”

Check out the video above to hear more from Ansaroff.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2565 with Muhammed Lawal, Nina Ansaroff, Chazz Walton

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Muhammed Lawal, Nina Ansaroff and Chazz Walton.

Lawal talked about his upcoming spot in Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix, which will take place over the course of 2018 and crown a new champion. Ansaroff, coming off a win over Angela Hill at this past weekend’s UFC-Norfolk event, unpacked her fight and shared what’s next. Walton, who faces Raush Manfio at Titan FC 46 this Friday, shared his story as he heads into the co-main event.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

 

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with 'King Mo,' Nina Ansaroff and Chazz Walton

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Muhammad Lawal, Nina Ansaroff and Chazz Walton.

“King Mo” was announced as one of eight participants in the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018. Ansaroff defeated Angela Hill this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120. Walton co-headlines Friday’s Titan FC 46 event against Raush Manfio.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Nina Ansaroff: UFC champ Amanda Nunes showed me how to win as an underdog

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NORFOLK, Va. – Nina Ansaroff showed once again why she relishes the role of underdog when she defeated Angela Hill on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 120.

Ansaroff (8-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) pulled off arguably the biggest win of her career when she topped Hill (7-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) by unanimous decision in their strawweight bout, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The odds weren’t in her favor going into the event, but Ansaroff said she didn’t mind. Her girlfriend, Amanda Nunes, who also just happens to be the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, has gone into plenty of fights on the wrong end of the odds. She’s overcome it many times, so Ansaroff said she was comfortable with the situation.

“I love when I’m the underdog,” Ansaroff told MMAjunkie after her victory. “I’m used to Amanda all the time as the champion being the underdog, so it’s just a little bit more motivation to get the job done. I use it for the energy in the fight then laugh about it after.”

The fact Ansaroff was able to beat Hill wasn’t the biggest surprise of the night, but it was how she got the job done. She stood toe-to-toe with the decorated striker and managed to have the better moments over 15 minutes. Although that wasn’t her strict game plan, Ansaroff said she knew she could perform on the feet.

“It’s exactly what I figured it was going to go,” Ansaroff said. “I’m not one to back down from a brawl. I got caught up in it a little more than I should have. I should have not played her game so much, but sometimes I get caught up in it because it’s fun. It was a good fight, and it went the way it went.”

After starting her UFC career 0-2, Ansaroff has bounced back with two solid victories in a row. She said she wants to keep that momentum going, and after beating a former Invicta FC champion in Hill, she wants another step up.

“When I fight higher-level opponents it brings out the better in me. I just want to keep climbing from here. I don’t want to call out names, but I want someone in the top 10. My goal is to be the champion.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 results: Nina Ansaroff edges Angela Hill in high-paced affair

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After struggling to start her UFC career,  Nina Ansaroff (8-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) now owns a two-fight winning streak after downing a game Angela Hill (7-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

The women’s strawweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 120 event at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University campus in Norfolk, Va. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

Both women looked quick and poised to open, rattling off jabs and low kicks early in hopes of setting up more powerful attacks. It was a quick pace for both women, and both landed powerful strikes on the feet. Hill’s non-stop movement provided her with options on the feet, and she capitalized with powerful low kicks and quick hands. Ansaroff answered with crisp jabs and few low kicks of her own, though Hill just seemed the busier athlete.

Ansaroff pressed forward to start the second, seemingly looking to pick up the pace. Ansaroff appeared to be the more powerful fighter, but Hill’s speed movement proved a perfect counter. Ansaroff continued to lead with the stiff jab, drawing blood from her opponent’s nose. At that point, Hill seemed to slow a bit, and Ansaroff started loading up on her shots. Leg kicks really chopped away, and Ansaroff sat down on her punches, as well. Hill was game in return, but there was a slight drop in her speed and output.

With the fight seemingly hanging in the balance, both women came out firing in the third. Ansaroff’s low kicks left Hill limping a bit, and her punches landed down the middle. But Hill was always there to counter, flurrying in return with rapid punches and low kicks of her own. The two fighters continued the high pace until the very end, but Ansaroff was just the busier fighter, and she walked away with the decision, 29-28 on all three cards.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 120 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in Norfolk.)

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UFC-Norfolk's Angela Hill motivated to work toward Rose Namajunas rematch

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Angela Hill’s run in the UFC has been up, down and then up again, and she hopes it continues toward the top.

Hill (7-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), coming off a win in her last fight, looks to keep the momentum going when she takes on Nina Ansaroff (7-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) on Saturday in the opening FS1 prelim of UFC Fight Night 120, which takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.

Putting together a winning streak in the UFC strawwweight division has proven difficult for the former Invicta FC champion. She won her UFC debut in Sept. 2014 before losing back-to-back fights to Tecia Torres and current champion Rose Namajunas, who knocked out Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the title last weekend at UFC 217.

The two losses prompted Hill down to Invicta FC, where she put together a four-fight winning streak that included her title win and one defense. Her return to the UFC didn’t fare well, however, as she dropped a decision to title contender Jessica Andrade last February at UFC Fight Night 104.

Now that Hill is back in the win column – in the UFC, that is – after earning a decision from Ashley Yoder at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale in July, she hopes to continue climbing the ranks until she either gets a second shot at Namajunas or a crack at Jedrzejczyk, who was on her mind for some time.

“I’ve always wanted my rematches, but I wanted to make sure that I was ready when I did have those rematches,” Hill told MMAjunkie on Wednesday. “You know, everyone’s on the list that I’ve lost to when it comes to that. But I definitely feel like I was a totally different fighter when I did fight (Namajunas). I was motivated to fight (Jedrzejczyk) when she was champ. I was hoping that I could work my way up to that. I was already thinking about what I was going to do for the face-off and everything.

“But now that (Jedrzejczyk is) out of the picture, she’s still going to be around. I’d still love to fight her at some point. Yeah, I’m definitely going for that title run after I feel I’ve got enough wins, and I’ve impressed enough to get a go at (Namajunas).”

Check out the video above to hear more from Hill on her mindset heading into her fight on Saturday.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC champ Amanda Nunes' girlfriend Nina Ansaroff to critics: Support the sport

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EDMONTON – UFC women’s strawweight Nina Ansaroff said the criticism bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes received after pulling out of UFC 213 made them train a little harder for UFC 215.

Just living through fallout from Nunes’ sinusitis attack was an eye-opening experience for Ansaroff, and it hardened her to MMA fans.

“There were a lot of negative comments after her fight,” she told MMAjunkie in advance of Nunes’ (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) rematch with Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the headliner of Saturday’s UFC 215. “She didn’t really look into them – I did. I never mentioned them to her, but in passing, I would make sure we trained a little extra hard, just to shut every one up.

“People don’t respect the sport as much as they should. The fans are very iffy in this sport, which his just unfortunate.”

The couple are now just hours away from Nunes’ potential second title defense, which takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Ansaroff hopes Nunes will answer all the doubters with an emphatic performance. But she may never look at the sport the same after being the target of so many anonymous people’s wrath.

“I feel like in other sports, you should just stick by your athletes,” he said. “Sometimes they’re sick, sometimes they don’t perform well, sometimes they’re the best in the world. But it’s a hard sport to stay doing it for the fans, because they’re so negative sometimes.

“Of course, you get those passionate ones that are there for you – that keeps you going. That makes it more enjoyable. But I just feel like the fans need to lay off a little, or stop being such keyboard warriors and pretending you’re this person behind the screen. Support the sport.”

Watch the above video as Ansaroff talks about Nunes’ rematch with Shevchenko and what’s next for her career.

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 120 adds Angela Hill vs. Nina Ansaroff

Surging UFC women’s strawweights Angela Hill and Nina Ansaroff are set to meet at UFC Fight Night 120.

The promotion announced the matchup Wednesday on “UFC Tonight.” The bout order for the event has not been announced, so it’s unclear whether Hill (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Ansaroff (7-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will fight on the event’s main card or prelims.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Nov. 11 at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The event’s main card airs live on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Both fighters recently celebrated their first UFC wins after stumbling out of the gate. Hill, a former Invicta FC champ, rebounded from a decision loss to onetime title challenger Jessica Andrade to outpoint Ashley Yoder at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale. The fight came with some drama, with Hill denied the opportunity to show off a costume at the event’s weigh-ins.

In a recent interview with MMAjunkie Radio, Hill called out Cortney Casey or Cynthia Calvillo for her next bout, thinking either would propel her up the rankings. But it appears the UFC had a different ideal.

Ansaroff, the girlfriend of UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, snapped a two-fight octagon skid with a submission over Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger in January at UFC Fight Night 103.

UFC Fight Night 120 is headlined by a lightweight showdown between ex-champ Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) and Dustin Poirier (21-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC).

With the addition, UFC Fight Night 120 now includes:

  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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