The boos were almost deafening as UFC president Dana White wrapped yet another title belt around Ronda Rousey's waist Saturday night. While it's impossible to compete with one now infamous fan, I'd like to believe UFC Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste could have been counted among the many letting Rousey hear it. According to Celeste, it doesn't sound like the UFC's former leading lady is much of a fan of the new one.
"I don't really like the way she carries herself," Celeste told MMA Junkie Radio Friday evening. "I don't think she's a good role model for women. I think that women should empower each other and give each other a little pat on the back."
Rousey, who has famously scoffed at the prospect of posing nude for Playboy Magazine, seems to be lacking in the empowerment department when it comes to the professional endeavors of ring girls. "There's a reason why the ring girls aren't asked to star in movies, and it's because they're pretty but talentless," Rousey said in an interview with Sherdog in 2012.
"I've personally been talked about by her, and I don't even know her," Celeste said. "I've met her twice. She said a couple things in her Maxim interview. A lot of people pointed it out to me, but I didn't really acknowledge it.
"She's paving the way for women's MMA, and I've made being a UFC Octagon Girl into a career. She should definitely recognize that and be nice," said Celeste.
As far as passive aggressive feuds with UFC headliners go, this isn't Celeste's first rodeo. In 2011 middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen referred to Celeste as the 'IQ Card girl.' "One time when there was a title fight, she got all the way up to five and we were very proud of her," Sonnen quipped during an interview. While Celeste did respond, the fight was over before it started, given Sonnen's next and final response:
"Seems easy to wear a bikini and seems easy to walk in a circle, but try walking in a circle while wearing a bikini. Talented girl."
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As always, check out our 'Pro's React' piece for instant reaction from UFC 170.
Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 23, 2014
Here it is lol glad everything turned out ok in the end pic.twitter.com/kwbsjJyXCH— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) February 23, 2014
Mike Pyle (@Mike_Pyle) February 24, 2014
I want to thank all my family, friends, and fans for all your love and support. Your def the reason I do what I do and love you guys!!!!— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) February 23, 2014
Raphael Assuncao (@RaphaAssuncao) February 23, 2014
Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMasterAljO) February 23, 2014
Post fight dinner with family and friends life is good :)— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) February 23, 2014
Better luck next time.
Sara McMann (@Sara_McMann) February 23, 2014
Patrick Cummins (@OfficialDurkin) February 23, 2014
Demian Maia (@demianmaia) February 23, 2014
I don't like to lose but that sure was a fun fight. Mike is a class act & a good fighter. It was his night but ill be back stronger #ufc170— TJ Waldburger (@TJWaldburger) February 23, 2014
I can smiling cuz I feel the love &support.My tears will make me strong& my spirit is not broken just a bump. pic.twitter.com/A8QGQLYm5N— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) February 23, 2014
No excuses. @FunkMasterAljO did a great job 2night. I'll work like a Renegade to be back better next time. I hate losing.— Cody Gibson (@TheRenegade559) February 23, 2014
Thanks for all your support, yesterday i had a awful performance , i am still looking for answers and thinking... http://t.co/s2SorCFezl— Rafaello Oliveira (@RafaelloTractor) February 23, 2014
More UFC 170 reactions.
Would Dana and Ronda be saying good stoppage if roles were reversed? I highly doubt it.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) February 23, 2014
Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) February 23, 2014
Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) February 23, 2014
Once again "Nobody defeats Kakarot while I'm around. Destiny has reserved that right for me!" #UFC170— Shayna Baszler (@QoSBaszler) February 23, 2014
Showing she's always improving. Congratulations @RondaRousey on your victory.— Holly Holm (@_HOLLYHOLM) February 23, 2014
LIZ CARMOUCHE (@iamgirlrilla) February 23, 2014
Brad Pickett (@One_Punch) February 23, 2014
7lbs 15oz, Atlas Parker Dai Veit Fitch pic.twitter.com/TuemerI9Op— Jon Fitch (@jonfitchdotnet) February 22, 2014
.@danawhite - You have done an amazing job - I am proud to have been there at the very beginning!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 23, 2014
Real life to online beefin'.
Lorenz Larkin (@da_MONSOON) February 23, 2014
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No real surprises from this card... and that includes a couple of controversial referee stoppages by normally top of the line ref Herb Dean. If there isn't a judging controversy, there is bound to be a stoppage controversy. A card without one or the other is an anomaly.
Of course the big news is the fact that Ronda Rousey emphatically defended her bantamweight women's title with the match barely lasting over one minute. She showcased her improved striking which had been highly hyped (and apparently justifiable) and put Sara McMann down with a well placed knee to the liver. McMann dropped like a sack of potatoes and Rousey followed with relentless punches to the head. Just as McMann made her move to stand back up, Herb Dean jumped in between the fighters to end the match. While it is easy to understand Dean's caution in moving in to stop the fight as soon as he saw McMann go down, it is hard to justify it with the magnitude of the match. It was a title match for hells sake!
Outside of the main event, Daniel Cormier easily disposed of long shot story Patrick Cummins, Demian Maia and Rory MacDonald went to war for 15 minutes, Mike Pyle beat on TJ Waldburger for longer than necessary (Dean's other gaff), and Stephen Thompson put on a highly impressive striking display.
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