WATCH: UFC’s female duo subverts expectations about women in BJJ in viral video

UFC commentator Laura Sanko and social media influencer Nina Marie Daniele have captured the spotlight with their trending jiu-jitsu training videos. The duo, gaining immense popularity in the UFC realm, recently shared a parody video on Instagram that showcased both the perception and reality of women’s jiu-jitsu training.

Nina Marie Daniele initiated the viral wave by posting a video featuring herself and Laura Sanko, playfully highlighting the misconception that women’s jiu-jitsu appears seductive. Contrary to expectations, the clip humorously revealed the authentic and less glamorous side of their training routine. The video quickly gained traction across social media platforms, drawing reactions from notable UFC figures like Sean Strickland and MMA star Billy Quarantillo.

Encouraged by the positive response, Nina and Laura elevated the excitement with a follow-up video, taking their jiu-jitsu antics to the next level. In the second installment, Laura Sanko demonstrated a seatbelt grip on Nina Marie during their jiu-jitsu session. Despite a playful warning from Sanko about the potential need to tap out, the demonstration took an unexpected turn as Nina quickly tapped out, displaying a momentary discomfort before swiftly recovering.

While Laura Sanko is now widely recognized as a UFC commentator, many might not be aware of her past as a pro-MMA fighter. Making history as the first female color commentator in UFC during UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Spivac in 2023, Sanko’s journey includes a stint as an amateur MMA fighter from 2010 to 2012. Nicknamed ‘Fancy’ for her distinctive style, Sanko competed in the atomweight division and secured victory in her only professional fight at Invicta FC 4 in 2013 against Cassie Robb. Despite her successful foray into the fighting world, Sanko transitioned to her current role as a UFC commentator.

As Laura Sanko and Nina Marie Daniele continue to captivate the UFC audience with their entertaining jiu-jitsu escapades, fans eagerly anticipate more engaging content from this dynamic duo.