UFC ring girl, Arianny Celeste has branded Women's Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey a 'big bully', reigniting their war of words.
Celeste and Rousey have been at odds since 2012, when Rousey suggested that Celeste and co. were good for no more than their bodies.
And after Rousey took another shot at Celeste, saying that female fighters should earn more than ring girls, Celeste has leapt to the defence of her and coworkers.
A needless distraction
With Rousey set to face off against Cat Zingano, arguably her toughest challenge yet, at UFC 184, the war of words with Celeste will be a needless distraction for fight week, even if Celeste doesn't want to acknowledge it further.
“I'm not going to talk about her because I’m not a fighter,” she said.
“I’m not going to waste my time. I actually don’t talk about it anyone. It blows my mind that someone who doesn’t even know me continuously picks on me. And that’s all I see her as: a big bully.” Celeste told MMAJunkie.
Both she and Rousey will be working the event and it's unlikely that the press are going to let the issue slide so easily.
It will be especially interesting to see if Rousey and Celeste exchange any words or looks during the weigh-ins as well.
Yet at the end of the day, this is a back and forth that helps nobody and leaves two of the UFC's most recognisable women looking like teenage girls.
Celeste is sticking up for her colleagues and friends
In light of Rousey's recent comments, Celeste was focused on defending herself and the job she has from detractors who think a modelling career is easy.
Celeste's life is a hectic one and she is balancing ever growing UFC commitments as an ambassador with her TV show on the Discovery Channel.
“I think people don’t realize how much work it is to be a model, be a host, be an Octagon Girl.” Celeste said in the same interview.
“Not only are you walking around in a bathing suit where people are critiquing you for that, but try having a camera in your face and showing your personality and being a host of a TV show."
Celeste continued her embattled defense of her profession, claiming people looking from the outside in simply don't understand what is required.
"Try being like a live mannequin and having clients put you in a million different outfits, and you’re wanting to go home, but you’re not able to because you have 50 different more outfits. It’s not as easy as it looks or seems to be in my shoes. And not a lot of people would know that unless they were in my shoes."
“I’m tired of the bullying, and I'm not going to let it happen to me or any of the other Octagon Girls.” She said defiantly.
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