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Nina Ansaroff is looking to pick up where she left off after returning to the Octagon following childbirth. 

Nina Ansaroff is returning to the UFC Octagon after two years away from the sport. Ansaroff took time away to give birth to her first child with UFC featherweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

Prior to her upcoming bout against Mackenzie Dern, Ansaroff spoke about her speedy return and want she expects next in her career.

“I wanted to return earlier and Amanda put the breaks on that,” Ansaroff explained. “She really put the breaks on it when she took her fight so I kind of had to be there for her and get that fight out of the way or I would have been fighting around that time as well.”

Before her time away, Ansaroff was rising up the rankings. She was arguably one fight away from the title shot when she lost to Tatiana Suarez. Prior to that, she had strung together four fights in a row against some tough competition. Now taking on Dern, Ansaroff hopes that the title shot will still be there with a win at UFC Vegas 23.

“It depends on the fight, it depends where it’d going,” Ansaroff said. “After this fight, if I win I would expect a contender fight or a title shot. That would probably become a priority. Amanda is looking to defend her 135-pound belt, that comes first, that’s a priority. We roll with the punches, however, it comes we deal with it at the time.”

Being one half of an MMA power couple and parent to a young child shows Ansaroffs determination to her career and her family. If she puts on a good show on Saturday she could see herself matched up with champion Zhang Weili.

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UFC Vegas 23 takes place on Saturday, April 10, 2021, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided, who is on-site, for all your live news and highlights.


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Las Vegas Woman Allegedly Robbed Men of $82,000 Worth of Watches

A Las Vegas woman who escorted two men to their hotel rooms on the Strip allegedly robbed them of $82,000 in luxury watches in what authorities say are prostitution-related thefts.

Police booked Windy Rose Jones, 23, at the Clark County Detention Center on Monday, charging her with two counts of grand larceny.

According to arrest reports obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jones was taken into custody after two men reported to authorities the thefts of two luxury watches from their hotel rooms at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, once in February and once in March.

One watch had a value of $45,000, while the other was valued at $37,000.

In the first case, Cosmopolitan security called the police to the hotel in response to a man claiming he was “the victim of a grand larceny and possibly being drugged,” police wrote in an arrest report for Jones.

The man told the police he met a woman named Rosa at a bar and then went to his hotel room with her to drink margaritas together.

The man also told the authorities that the woman might have drugged him, KTNV reported.

He woke up the next morning to discover $1,500 cash missing from his wallet, as well as a watch worth $37,000 missing from the room.

In the second case, a man told the police on March 24 that he met a woman on the casino floor, invited her to his hotel room, and ordered hotel room service.

The second man awoke the following day to find his Rolex watch, valued at $45,000, and iPhone 12 missing. He also told the police that the woman might have drugged him.

Jones was arrested on April 4 and declined to speak to investigators unless an attorney was present. Jones has been released from custody and is due back in court in May.

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