Who is Whindersson Nunes? Uber famous YouTuber headlining the Kingpyn High Stakes semi-finals

Whindersson Nunes is one of the most famous people on the internet. But MMA and boxing fans might be asking, why?

By: Tim Bissell | 2 months ago

Whindersson Nunes headlines tonight’s Kingpyn High Stakes semifinals, live on DAZN. In the main event of that celebrity/cross-over boxing special Nunes will meet King Kenny. But Who the Fook is he?

Whindersson Nunes early life

Whindersson Nunes Batista was born in 1995 in Palmeira do Plaui in the rugged, and politically progressive, northeast region Brazil. He began making YouTube videos when he was 15-years-old. He struggled to make appealing content at first. However, after a few separate attempts he finally found moderate success. Though, the first channel that garnered mass popularity was hacked in 2013 and needed to be deleted.

He launched a new channel shortly after, which would become one of the most subscribers channels on all of YouTube.

Breakout success

Whindersson Nunes’ YouTube channel @whindersson has over 44.2 million subscribers and 3 billion views across almost 400 videos. The channel mostly consists of Portuguese-language paraodies, vlogs and movie reviews. Nunes has also used the channel to promote his music, which he records under the name Lil Whind.

His most popular videos are complete live shows of him performing music and comedy. Outside of those the most popular video is an Adele parody that has 78 million views.

In 2016 a study by Snack Intelligence determined that Nunes was the second most influential YouTuber in the world, behind PewDiePie.

His internet fame lead to mainstream fame in Brazil, where he has appeared in movies, television shows and music videos.

Cross-over Boxing

Nunes started boxing in 2019 when he faced Mario Silva in an amateur contest in Sao Paulo. He won that fight by unanimous decision.

In 2022 Nunes fought former WBO super featherweight champion Acelino ‘Popo’ Freitas in an exhibition bout as part of the Fight Music Show event series in Sao Paulo. The fight was scored a draw after eight rounds.

In 2023 Nunes joined the field of competitors for the Kingpyn High Stakes tournament. In the first round he was matched against Polish rapper and MMA fighter Filipek. He won that fight, at London’s Wembley Arena, by second round TKO.

In the Kingpyn High Stakes semi-final, which takes place on Saturday, July 12, 2023 at Dublin’s 3Arena, Nunes is scheduled to fight King Kenny.

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Tim Bissell
Tim Bissell

Tim Bissell is a writer, editor and deputy site manager for Bloody Elbow. He has covered combat sports since 2015. Tim covers news and events and has also written longform and investigative pieces. Among Tim's specialties are the intersections between crime and combat sports. Tim has also covered head trauma, concussions and CTE in great detail.

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