More than just a pretty face! Monster Energy is proud to welcome five-time MMA World ‘Ring Girl of the Year’ Arianny Celeste from Las Vegas, Nevada, on Episode 4 of Season 3 of the sports and pop culture podcast UNLEASHED with The Dingo and Danny.
Speaking on her work as a UFC Octagon Girl, Celeste said: “I think people don’t really give us that much credit. It actually does take a lot of work and dedication. Some people make a New Year’s resolution to go to the gym. But we go to the gym four to six times a week, it’s our job to look good. So obviously we’re going to be killing it!”
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Arianny Celeste always had a profound interest in sports and attended college at UNLV majoring in Fitness Management and Nutrition. But when she started working as a Ring Girl at fight events in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a host of opportunities opened: Celeste immediately won ‘Ring Girl of the Year 2006’ by Fighters Only Magazine and moved on to win the World MMA Award for Ring Girl of the Year five times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015). She also appeared in photo shoots for international magazines such as FHM, Maxim, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and Fighter’s Only Magazine, among others. Hear all about Celeste’s journey – and long-time friendly rivalry with podcast host Brittany Palmer – only on UNLEASHED!
Looking back on her beginnings, Celeste said on UNLEASHED: “I was born and raised in Vegas but moved out for a long time to pursue acting, modeling, all that good stuff. But now I’m back, in my hometown!” During her formative years, she studied kinesiology at college in Las Vegas: “I’ve always been into the body and how it works. And working out. I’ve always been super active as a cheerleader and gymnast.”
Initial plans to work with athletes in injury management took a backseat once Celeste began working with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). “I started with UFC, and it took over my life, and I’ve been doing it ever since.” In retrospect, Celeste broke ground as one of the first UFC Octagon Girls walking the stage before fights: “I came on in 2006, and they bought the company in 2004. So, it was still brand-new!”
Since then, Celeste has won several awards as Ring Girl of the Year – often in direct competition with UNLEASHED co-host Brittany Palmer. She segued her fame into modeling opportunities for major magazines, as well as real estate ventures and other businesses: “Everything I’ve done outside of UFC I’m super proud of. I have taken that talk as fuel; ‘She’s pretty, but can she talk? Does she have brains? What does she do besides that?’ And made sure that I took this UFC opportunity and ran with it!”