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Amanda Nunes was thrust into the spotlight on Saturday night when she destroyed bantamweight champion Miesha Tate in the first round of the main event for the biggest event the UFC has ever held.

Her UFC 200 win wasn't just historic due to the fact that she became the first ever female Brazilian UFC champion, but for the fact that she also became the first ever openly gay UFC champion.

"It's amazing," Nunes said after the fight. "The most important thing is I'm happy with my life. That's the most important thing."

Nunes is in a relationship with fellow UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff for four years.

In the wake of the shootings in Orlando people all over the world are showing their support for the gay community and it's great to know that there is a milestone not shrouded in hate bringing the issues to the spotlight.

There were also moments that the promotion showed their solidarity for the gay community throughout the International Fight Week festivities. The UFC released a rainbow-colored shirt with the slogan "We Are All Fighters," which Travis Browne, Daniel Cormier, Mark Hunt and others all wore throughout the week.

The shirt, which was sold at the UFC Fan Expo, will send all proceeds to the LGBTQ Center in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, like anything these days, nothing is perfect.

Donald Cerrone is under attack for using a homophobic slur during a UFC Fan Expo Q&A following UFC 200. Cerrone then took to Instagram to apologize for his comment, but that apology has since been removed from his account.

Regardless, the week was a step in the right direction. The UFC has done a great job in showing it's support for the LGBT community.


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