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Amanda Nunes has been awarded the 2016 Equality Visibility Award at the annual Equality California Awards in Los Angeles, this week.

"When people find out how strong and powerful love is, then this world will be a better place," Nunes said in her acceptance speech. "I want to see this happen one day. 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."

This award comes a little over two months after Nunes defeated Miesha Tate at UFC 200 to become the first openly gay UFC champion.

Nunes accepted the award alongside her girlfriend and fellow fighter, Nina Ansaroff.

“This year’s honorees have shattered stereotypes and fought to make our state and our country a better and more just place for LGBT people and the communities that we are part of,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur. “In sports, in the places we work and in the city we call home, they have served as role models, advocates and champions for LGBT people and we are better off because of them.”

Nunes is rumored to be facing former bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey next, if and when Rousey returns to the octagon.

Nunes is on a four fight win streak.


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