A viral video has led to an unexpected job offer from UFC President Dana White.
Summer Tapasa-Sataraka, 24, found herself in the internet spotlight after stopping an alleged robbery by a man at the Best Buy where she worked in Aiea, Hawaii. She also expected to lose her job, which led the UFC executive to offer her another one with the industry-leading MMA promotion.
White posted the video on his official Instagram account, which currently has 4.2 million followers, and announced Tapasa-Sataraka will attend UFC 246 on Jan. 18 as his guest.
“She stopped this punk from getting away with stealing from BestBuy in Hawaii,” White wrote. “She got fired for this. Flying her in this weekend and giving her tickets to the McGregor vs Cowboy fight. I WANT HER TO WORK FOR ME! Get ready for the best weekend of your life Summer.”
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This is Summer Tapasa-Sataraka. She stopped this punk from getting away with stealing from BestBuy in Hawaii. She got fired for this. Flying her in this weekend and giving her tickets to the McGregor vs Cowboy fight. I WANT HER TO WORK FOR ME! Get ready for the best weekend of your life Summer
In a Facebook post written on Christmas, Tapasa-Sataraka claims the alleged perpetrator had previously tried to steal from the store. She decided not to let him do the same when she was on her shift.
“But when I recognized him when he came into the store, I kept my eye (the cameras) on him,” she wrote. “He went for the same speaker (and) when he saw that one exit was busy, he ran for the other one closest to me (and) I just kept thinking.. not today!! The fact that he’s so comfortable with just coming in (and) walking out with stuff is what I had to stop. Now he can (second) guess the next time he ever wants to come up in here and pull the same thing he did.
“I didn’t do this for anybody. Not for Best Buy. Not for the managers or the corporation. Not for Clout. I did this (because) he needs to know, this needs to stop.”
Tapasa-Sataraka added she’d put in her notice prior to the incident, though she felt sure she’d be terminated for violating the store’s standard operating procedure.
On Jan. 9, she posted, “I need an agent.”
White on Friday told TMZ.com he’s going to roll out the red carpet for Tapasa-Sataraka at UFC 246 and added he’s “dead serious” about a possible job.
“You’re crazy Best Buy! You shoulda kept her! I’m gonna steal her from you now!” White said. “I’m gonna rock star the sh*t out of her and then we’ll see what happens.”