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Nina Ansaroff ponders move to flyweight

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Nina Ansaroff with fan Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

BOSTON -- The last we saw of Nina Ansaroff, the American Top Team strawweight had an impressive performance in a victory over former Invicta champion Angela Hill, a unanimous decision at UFC Norfolk back in November.

It was her second straight win at 115 pounds, one that seemed to put her in line for a bump up in competition.

But as Ansaroff gets ready to contemplate her next fight, she’s also contemplating a change in division.

“I’m think of maybe going up to 125,” Ansaroff, who held an open workout recently with partner Amanda Nunes at downtown Boston’s UFC Gym, told MMA Fighting. “It’s not an easy decision and I keep going back and forth.”

On one hand, the field is wide open at flyweight, where a recent season of The Ultimate Fighter ended with Nicco Montano crowned the inaugural champ. Fighters have contemplated both coming up from 115 and down from 135.

On the other, Ansaroff, who fought at 125 pounds earlier in her career, also notes that her body has gotten better conditioned to the weight cut as time has gone on, and fears she might lose it if she jumps up in class and ever decides to come back down again.

“My first couple weight cuts were bad, I had some real trouble adjusting to it,” Ansaroff said. “But the last couple times, I feel like I’ve come around, I’ve really been able to make it work for me.

Ansaroff injured her hand in the victory over Hill. She expects to be cleared to compete within the next week. After that, she says her final decision will likely come down to whether her flyweight path would allow her a quicker route to the top than at 115.

“If it’s a top 10 strawweight, I’ll stay at 115,” Ansaroff said. “If its a top five flyweight, I’ll make the move.”