Nina Ansaroff won’t likely fight again until 2021, but she’s already plotting her return in a new weight class after taking time off to hopefully start a family with two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes.
With a 4-1 record in her past five fights, Ansaroff was climbing into title strawweight title contention until she lost a close decision to Tatiana Suarez in her last outing this past June.
Four months later, Ansaroff announced her intention to take a year off from her own career to start a family with Nunes. While she hasn’t gotten pregnant yet, the plans remain the same although now Ansaroff anticipates her next fight in the UFC to come at 125 pounds.
“There’s no official news. Everyone’s waiting, we’re waiting and when there is official news, everyone will know,” Ansaroff said about her planned pregnancy when speaking to TMZ.
“I’m taking a year off. Whatever happens in this year, is going to happen in this year. 100 percent [I will return]. I’m going to fight at 125 [pounds] though.”
Of course, Ansaroff wouldn’t be the first fighter to take time off to have a baby and then return to action afterwards.
The UFC roster boasts several moms currently competing inside the Octagon including top prospect Mackenzie Dern, who took time off to have a baby and then made her return to action just four months after giving birth.
Ansaroff isn’t ready to match Dern’s record return because this will be her first pregnancy so she has no clue what to expect.
The only thing she can guarantee is that she will remain in the best shape possible with plans to return to action once she feels ready to compete again.
“I’m going to be training throughout my pregnancy. I’m going to stay in shape,” Ansaroff said. “I’m not going to just not doing anything and jump in. I’ve never had a baby before so I don’t know what to expect but I’ve come back from other injuries and really bad accidents to being a professional athlete where they said it’s not possible. I don’t know.
“I’ve never had a baby. I’ve had friends that have had babies but they’re also not an athlete but they’re also not me.”