The Arriany Celeste – Ronda Rousey beef continues at UFC 184. The two started taking public jabs at each other last July and the animosity has picked up once again.
Celeste told MMAJunkie Radio that she is tired of Rousey’s bullying & criticism:
I think people don’t realize how much work it is to be a model, be a host, be an Octagon Girl,” Celeste said. “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. Trying 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.”
Ronda wasn’t just going to sit back and let Arriany sneak diss her in an interview:
“What did I say that I was a bully?” Rousey asked when alerted of Celeste’s statements. “I said that the fighters should get paid more than the ring girls. That doesn’t 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. Do you think her walking in circles around the two guys or two girls out there like, fighting for their lives is worth more? You think she works harder than they do? I didn’t say that she needed a pay cut. I said either the ring card girls are paid too much or the fighters aren’t paid enough.”
“For her to take that personally – you know what would have been the best thing for her to say?” Rousey asked. “‘Oh my god! You know? These fighters work so hard. And I wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for them and I just admire them so much. Yeah, I definitely think that they should get paid more than anybody in the arena tonight.’
“There you go, a PR lesson for her.”
Rousey went on to voice respect for UFC ring girl Brittney Palmer:
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Brittney Palmer,” she clarified. “She went and became a ring card girl to pay her way through art school and become a renowned artist. And, her being a ring card girl helped promote her art. If you’re working at Hooters, because you’re trying to pay your way through medical school? Then f-cking work it, girl. I respect the hustle. But don’t think you’re hot sh-t just because you work at Hooters. Use it to further yourself in life. Don’t think that you’re awesome just because you do that.
“I’m sorry, but I’m not impressed with the job in itself.”
You Can Watch Rousey’s Interview here:
Let’s hope this isn’t the best fight featuring Ronda Rousey this weekend.