UFC's Nina Ansaroff takes one year off, wants to have baby

UFC women's strawweight contender Nina Ansaroff is hitting the pause button on her fighting career.

Ansaroff will take one year off from the UFC in an attempt to have her first child with fiancée Amanda Nunes, she told ESPN.

Nunes is the UFC women's bantamweight and featherweight champion.

"I'm not pregnant yet, but we are looking into the process," Ansaroff said.

Nunes told ESPN Brazil that the couple should know whether Ansaroff is pregnant before Nunes defends her bantamweight title against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245 on Dec. 14 in Las Vegas.

"I am looking forward to it," Nunes said. "That's another wonderful time in my life. I'll enjoy it."

Ansaroff (10-6), a Florida native, had won four fights in a row and was getting close to a title shot before a close loss to Tatiana Suarez at UFC 238 in June.

Ansaroff, 33, is ranked No. 7 among strawweight fighters in ESPN's rankings.

Nunes (18-4) is the only woman in UFC history to hold two belts in different divisions at the same time. The 31-year-old Brazilian has won nine fights in a row and boasts victories over the likes of Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg and Miesha Tate.

"Nina's dream is to be a mother before being a UFC champion," Nunes said. "Having a child is Nina's biggest dream and I'm happy to share it with her."