UFC champ Ronda Rousey may be defending her belt against challenger Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Saturday, but you’d never know that based on the much-hyped rivalry between Rousey and longtime Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste. Wait… Arianny “I carry around a sign with a number on it for a living” Celeste? What kind of crazy world do we live in?
It seems the champ has issues with how much ring card girls get paid in comparison to fighters. As per MMAFighting:
“I think that they should get paid more than the ring girls,” Rousey said Wednesday at a media day to promote UFC 184 at Glendale Fighting Club. “And I don’t know if the ring girls get paid too much or the fighters don’t get paid enough. But yeah. There’s definitely a lot more in what the fighters do than what they do. So, I think that’s one thing that’s unfair.”
That was shots fired, apparently. Celeste responded on MMAJunkie Radio.
“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 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.”
The champ’s response was, of course, full of candor.
“What did I say that was a bully?” Rousey said. “That the fighters should get paid more than the ring girls? How does that make me a bully? That makes me f*cking right. I’m sorry, but she wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for the fighters. She wouldn’t. You think her walking in circles around the two guys or two girls out there fighting for their lives is worth more? Think she works harder than they do?”
And here are a bunch of tweets to sweeten the pot.
Everything I have I’ve worked hard for. I support my family. I’m happy. Assumptions makes asses out of everyone.