With next to no significant storylines heading into UFC 184, there really isn’t much to discuss than this ongoing catfight between bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured) and ring girl Arianny Celeste.
So, let’s just roll with it.
Last week, Rousey said fighters should be paid more than the UFC’s sexy card carriers. Celeste took exception and stated she doesn’t make more for walking around the cage than the athletes performing inside of it, and that she works extremely hard with projects outside of the UFC.
She told MMAJunkie Radio Wednesday that Rousey was being a “bully.”
During this afternoon’s UFC 184 media workouts, Rousey responded to the bully accusation.
“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****** 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?
“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.”
Celeste might be in Rousey’s crosshairs, but that doesn’t mean “Rowdy” is after every UFC ring girl. Rousey actually has a lot of respect for Brittney Palmer, likely the UFC’s second-highest paid card-totter.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Brittney Palmer,” Rousey added. “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 her promote her art.
“If you’re working at Hooters, because you’re trying to pay your way through medical school? Then f****** work it, girl. I respect the hustle. But don’t think you’re hot s*** 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.”
Rousey defends her crown against Cat Zingano in three days at UFC 184. However, Rousey and Celeste will share the same stage in just two days at the weigh-ins!