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Meet UFC’s Heartthrob Nina Marie Daniele: Boyfriend/Husband, Age, Playboy, ‘Nina Drama’ and More

Published 10/25/2023, 3:42 PM EDT

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The sport of MMA has produced global superstars over the years. Interestingly enough, there are a number of people who have become stars themselves from merely covering MMA. The attractive UFC personality interviewer, Nina Marie Danielle, is undoubtedly one of them. Over the years, ‘Nina Drama’ has amassed a massive following, mostly by doing MMA fighter interviews. But her interviews contain a lot more than just the fight-related aspects of the athletes.

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Daniele often highlights imaginary situations and asks fighters for their opinions about them. She has interviewed many noted UFC fighters, both about their fights and out-of-UFC affairs. But like UFC fighters, many fans may be completely unaware of Nina’s personal side and early life. So today, let’s learn more about her.

Nina Marie’s ethnicity, net worth, early life, and parents


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There are only a handful of reports that talk about Nina’s early life or roots. One of them reveals that she was born in Los Angeles, California. It also says that Nina was born on December 27, 1988, meaning she is currently 34 years old. Nina has been very close to her family since childhood. To date, she resides in her native place. However, the sizable amounts of money that she earns from her ventures have turned her residence into a bigger one and she even has a BMW.

Reports also say that Nina initially wanted to serve in the army. After completing her primary and high school education at a local institution, she earned a degree in creative writing with a concentration on poetry. ‘Nina Drama’ currently boasts a net worth of somewhere between $3 million and $4 million. Despite her affinity for her family since childhood, none of the sources talk about her father, mother, or other members of her family.


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Who is Nina Marie’s boyfriend?

As already mentioned, Nina wanted to serve in the army after completing her education. But it was her boyfriend who insisted she step into the glamour world. After putting her military career to rest, Nina tried out for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2017. However, she can attribute all of her success in the glamour world to her boyfriend, Jhanelle Castillo, without whom she would might not have entered the world of UFC.


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Reports say that Nina has been with him for over a decade. One of them also mentions that she and Castillo celebrated the twelfth anniversary of their relationship in December 2022.

Nina also features Castillo in a number of her social media posts across various platforms. However, the couple has never publicly discussed taking their relationship to the next stage and tying the knot.

Nina Drama’s Playboy career

‘Nina Drama’ opted to audition in multiple fashion and entertainment magazine houses after deciding to step into the glamour world. As already mentioned, Nina tried out for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2017. But she didn’t limit her efforts here. The California native also posed for ‘Playboy’ magazines.


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She also made her way into ‘Playboy’ in the same year. But it was in 2018 when she received her biggest recognition, earning the ‘Playmate of the Year’ title.

Did Nina Marie Danielle go to Harvard?

Well, the answer to this question came from Nina herself, although she never minded showcasing any proof of her claims. Like every other famous personality, there is a section of people who troll and pass negative comments on her videos. Nina once posted a video on her ‘X’ account (then Twitter) to silence all such people. She also connected it to a tweet that talked about her “degree in psychology” from “Harvard”.

Although her tweet did talk about some psychology-related stuff, it can hardly be taken as proof of her possessing a degree in psychology from the noted Harvard University. What is your take on it?

Nina Marie’s exchanges with Sean Strickland, Gordon Ryan, and other MMA stars


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As already mentioned, Nina has also interviewed the elite of the UFC athletes, including multiple interviews with the UFC featherweight kingpin, Alexander Volkanovski. But a lot of fans may find her Sean Strickland interviews the funniest. Nina has admitted that Strickland is her friend, and the two often go no-holds-barred in their interviews, making them interesting for the fans.

However, she got into a bit of trouble with the noted Brazilian Ji-Jitsu star, Gordon Ryan, about posing a rather explicit question to him in an interview. Nina asked, “I am here with Gordon Ryan, and the people wanna know, Gordon, does the carpet match the drapes?”. Although Ryan had no problems answering the questions, many fans didn’t take Nina’s questions well.


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But she’s continuing her UFC interviewer role with all her dedication and has amassed over 750k subscribers on her YouTube channel.

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Written by:

Souvik Roy


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The coveted scrap between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in 2002 was when I realized the passion for combat sports within my family. My interest in combat sports began watching scripted pro wrestling shows. It was my father who directed me towards combat sports and it wasn’t until the late 2010s that I discovered the world of MMA and the UFC.
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Abhishek Kumar Das