UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was able to successfully defend her title yet again, with a first-round stoppage of Sara McMann at UFC 170. However, Rousey was met with boos from the crowd as she had the title belt strapped around her waste and now ring girl Arianny Celeste is the latest to weigh in on why she doesn’t like the champ.
In the past, Rousey has taken a few shots at Celeste including the comment, “There’s a reason why the ring girls aren’t asked to star in movies, and it’s because they’re pretty but talentless.”
Now, Celeste is finally answering back to the UFC’s new leading lady and she doesn’t seem to be a big fan.
Celeste said that she does not like the way that Rousey carries herself and feels that the UFC champ is not a good role model for women.
“I don’t really like the way she carries herself,” Celeste told USA Today. “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.”
“I’ve personally been talked about by her, and I don’t even know her. 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.”
While Rousey may come across as an overly competitive and intense personality, she is a great role model.
She isn’t using sex to sell her image (Ahem, Arianny) and focuses on her talent to make a name for herself. From her incredible judo credentials to undefeated mixed martial arts record, Rousey has shown women that they can compete at the highest level of any sport and open many more doors to set them up for the future — you don’t need to just be a cute girl in a bikini.