Arianny Celeste

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Arianny Celeste
Arianny Celeste (crop).jpg
Born Penelope Lopez
(1985-11-11) November 11, 1985 (age 30)[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.

In 2008, at the 1st World MMA Awards, Celeste was voted "2008 Ring Girl of the Year" an award she would go on to dominate.[6]

In 2009, she won her second consecutive title at the 2nd World MMA Awards as Celeste become the "2009 Ring Girl of the Year" beating the likes of Natasha Wicks and Logan Stanton.[7]

In 2010, Celeste had further showed her dominance in the award category by becoming the World MMA Awards "2010 Ring Girl of the Year" making it her third consecutive title and this time she was to beat a stronger field than she had ever faced before with future ring girl legends, Rachelle Leah and Brittney Palmer.[8]

On February 4, 2010, Sports Illustrated named her "Lady of The Day."[9] 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.[10] Arianny also appears in Maxim's Hot 100 list for 2010; she placed #23 on the list.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13][14]

The UFC premiered a new weekly, web-only show called UFC Ultimate Insider on July 29, 2010.[15] 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.[16]

At the 4th World MMA Awards in 2011, Celeste was voted the "2011 Ring Girl of the Year" again beating her good friend and closest rival Brittney Palmer. This made it her 4th consecutive award and is a feat that has never been matched since.[17]

In 2012, Celeste was nominated for the "2012 Ring Girl of the Year" award at the World MMA Awards as she looked to extend her record and become a five-time "Ring Girl of the Year" but disappointingly she narrowly lost out to Brittney Palmer who became the first person other than Celeste to win the award.[18]

Celeste was on the cover of FHM Philippines for May 2012,[19] and Maxim magazine's November/December 2012 issue.

Celeste was nominated again in 2013 as she looked to win the "Ring Girl of the Year" crown back from Palmer however, Celeste further lost out to Palmer as she continued her control over the award and won it for a second consecutive time and looked as if she would eventually surpass Celeste's record of four titles because Celeste looked like she may never win the award again due to Palmer's newly found and ever increasing popularity.[20]

In 2014, Celeste and Palmer were both nominated for the "2014 Ring Girl of the Year" at the World MMA Awards as well as new competition from the younger fan favourite Carly Baker. Palmer was the favourite as she had won for the past two years and hoped to make it a third, edging ever closer to Celeste's record of four. However, Celeste regained her title as the "Ring Girl of the Year" making it her fifth time to have won the award and breaking a new record.[21]

In 2015, Celeste return to cover of FHM Philippines for August issue, however her guess who video, reveals her photo leaked on the 2015 100 Sexiest Woman list (she's 32 ranked), this covershoot was after the UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber in Mall of Asia Arena, she was supposedly to succeed Maria Ozawa, however Valeen Montenegro chosen to be the July 2015 cover.[22][23] She will also feature for Men's Health Philippines (a FHM sister magzine) September 2015 issue.


Arianny Celeste is the co-host of TV series Overhaulin'.[24]

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[25][26] Celeste posted $3,000 bond and was released at 7:00 pm PT.[27] 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.[28]


  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. ^ World MMA Awards
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ Lovely Lady of the Day: Arianny Celeste February 4, 2010 - Updated October 29, 2010
  10. ^ Arianny Celeste Photos May 2010 Updated October 29, 2010
  11. ^ Maxim 2010 Hot 100 Updated October 29, 2010
  12. ^ Local high school student lands dream date with model February 3, 2010. Updated October 29, 2010
  13. ^ Arianny Celeste-Conner Cordova dream dance... March 22, 2010 - Denver Westword Blogs. Updated October 29, 2010
  14. ^ Haiti Benefit Press Relief March 20, 2010 - Updated October 29, 2010
  15. ^ UFC Ultimate Insider: Episode 1 July 29, 2010 - Updated October 29, 2010
  16. ^ "Arianny Celeste nude in Playboy USA November 2010". Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ [3]
  18. ^ World MMA Awards
  19. ^ Borleo, Brian Adrian (May 23, 2012). "Arianny Celeste - FHM Cover Girl May 2012". FHM Philippines. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  20. ^ World MMA Awards
  21. ^ [4]
  22. ^ "Who's is our August 2015 Cover Girl?". FHM Philippines. July 29, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Arianny Celeste Is FHM's August Cover Girl!". FHM Philippines. July 30, 2015. 
  24. ^ "About Me". Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  25. ^ "UFC Octagon Girl Arrested for Domestic Violence". 8 News NOW. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  26. ^ "UFC Ring Card Girl Arianny Celeste Arrested on Battery Charges in Las Vegas". Yahoo. May 26, 2012. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Arianny Celeste Arrested for Domestic Violence". May 26, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  28. ^ 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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Preceded by
Michelle Madrigal
FHM Cover Girl
(May 2012)
Succeeded by
Kaye Abad
Preceded by
Valeen Montenegro
FHM Cover Girl
(August 2015)
Succeeded by
Yam Concepcion
Preceded by
Nadine Lustre
MH Women
(September 2015)
Succeeded by