Arianny Celeste

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Arianny Celeste
Arianny Celeste (crop).jpg
Born Penelope Lopez
(1985-11-12) November 12, 1985 (age 29)[1]
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Occupation Model, UFC Octagon Girl
Years active 2006–present
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)

Penelope Lopez, known professionally as Arianny Celeste (/æriˈɑːni/; born November 12, 1985), is an American ring girl and model. She is best known for being a ring girl for the UFC. She is also a co-host on TV Show Overhaulin'.

Early life[edit]

Celeste was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is of Mexican and Filipino descent. She attended Palo Verde High School and attended college at UNLV where she majored in fitness management and nutrition.[2][3][4]


Celeste made her UFC debut in 2006 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada. Celeste has modeled for magazines such as Maxim, FHM, Sports Illustrated, Fighter's Only Magazine[5] and Playboy.

On February 4, 2010, Sports Illustrated named her "Lady of The Day."[6] She was voted "2006 Ring Girl of the Year" in 2010 by Fighter's Only Magazine, an award she won the previous year as well. Maxim voted her "The Hottest UFC Octagon Girl" in the May 2010 issue where she was featured as the cover model.[7] Arianny also appears in Maxim's Hot 100 list for 2010; she placed #23 on the list.[8]

In September 2009, high school senior Conner Cordova, a fan of mixed martial arts, asked Celeste to attend his prom with him, using a series of three YouTube videos. Celeste agreed, provided that he found a date for her friend.[9] However, Celeste was unable to appear due to her schedule, so the plan changed to attending another dance. That also proved impossible, so Cordova and Celeste sponsored their own event, which doubled as a fundraiser for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[10][11]

The UFC premiered a new weekly, web-only show called UFC Ultimate Insider on July 29, 2010.[12] Celeste serves as host for the show, with Joe Rogan interviewing various UFC fighters. It also features updates on upcoming matches, PPV's, as well as highlights from previous events. The first episode featured a new photo shoot with Celeste.

Celeste posed nude for the November 2010 issue of Playboy.[13]

On December 1, she was voted "Ring Girl of the Year 2010" from the 2010 MMA Awards.[14] She repeated as winner in 2011.

Celeste was on the cover of Maxim magazine's November/December 2012 issue.


Arianny Celeste is the co-host of TV series Overhaulin'.[15]

Personal life[edit]

On May 26, 2012, Celeste was arrested in Las Vegas on a domestic violence charge with regards to an alleged fight between her and her boyfriend, Praveen Chandra[16][17] Celeste posted $3,000 bond and was released at 7:00 pm PT.[18] She was expected to have a hearing in Nevada on July 2, 2012. Chandra accused Celeste of kicking him in the nose. However, Celeste indicated Chandra also choked her several times during the evening. Both were arrested in a Wynn Las Vegas hotel room.[19]


  1. ^ Arianny Celeste Photos Updated October 29, 2010
  2. ^ Arianny Celeste | MMA-Arena Updated October 29, 2010
  3. ^ "Arianny Celeste interview". Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "UFC Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste as New Brand Ambassador". Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Official site | About Me Updated October 29, 2010
  6. ^ Lovely Lady of the Day: Arianny Celeste February 4, 2010 - Updated October 29, 2010
  7. ^ Arianny Celeste Photos May 2010 Updated October 29, 2010
  8. ^ Maxim 2010 Hot 100 Updated October 29, 2010
  9. ^ Local high school student lands dream date with model February 3, 2010. Updated October 29, 2010
  10. ^ Arianny Celeste-Conner Cordova dream dance... March 22, 2010 - Denver Westword Blogs. Updated October 29, 2010
  11. ^ Haiti Benefit Press Relief March 20, 2010 - Updated October 29, 2010
  12. ^ UFC Ultimate Insider: Episode 1 July 29, 2010 - Updated October 29, 2010
  13. ^ "Arianny Celeste nude in Playboy USA November 2010". Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ "2010 World MMA Awards live coverage". December 1, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ "About Me". Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ "UFC Octagon Girl Arrested for Domestic Violence". 8 News NOW. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ "UFC Ring Card Girl Arianny Celeste Arrested on Battery Charges in Las Vegas". Yahoo. May 26, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Arianny Celeste Arrested for Domestic Violence". May 26, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  19. ^ Raymond Spencer (June 1, 2012). "Court date set in domestic violence case for UFC octagon girl Celeste - News -". Retrieved November 6, 2012. 

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