Arianny Celeste

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Arianny Celeste
Arianny Celeste (crop).jpg
Penelope López Márquez

(1985-11-12) November 12, 1985 (age 35)[1]
OccupationModel, Octagon Girl
Years active2006–present
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)

Arianny Celeste (born Penelope López Márquez on November 12, 1985) (/æriˈɑːni/) 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' and a model featured in Playboy magazine.

Early life[edit]

Celeste was born on November 12, 1985, in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is of Mexican and Filipino descent. "Arianny" is a nickname she was given as a child. She attended Eldorado High School and attended college at UNLV where she majored in fitness management and nutrition.[2]


As ring girl[edit]

Celeste made her UFC debut in 2006 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada.

She was voted "2006 Ring Girl of the Year" by Fighter's Only Magazine.

Celeste during the UFC Affliction autograph signing at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Marine Corps in 2008

In 2008, at the first World MMA Awards, Celeste was voted "2008 Ring Girl of the Year".[3]

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.[4]

In 2010, Celeste became the World MMA Awards "2010 Ring Girl of the Year", making it her third consecutive title. This time she faced competition from Rachelle Leah and Brittney Palmer.[5]

At the 4th World MMA Awards in 2011, Celeste was voted the "2011 Ring Girl of the Year" again beating Brittney Palmer. This made it her 4th consecutive award.[6]

In 2012, Celeste was nominated for the "2012 Ring Girl of the Year" award at the World MMA Awards. Celeste narrowly lost out to Brittney Palmer who became the first person other than Celeste to win the award.[7]

Celeste was nominated again in 2013 as she looked to win the "Ring Girl of the Year" crown back from Palmer. Celeste further lost out to Palmer. This was Celeste's second consecutive loss.[8]

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. 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.[9]

In 2015, former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey argued "Either the ring card girls are paid too much, or the fighters aren't paid enough." UFC ring girls are reputedly paid $18,000 a year. This excludes jobs outside the UFC, like modeling.[10] Arianny Celeste protested, calling Rousey a "big bully".[11][12] Celeste argued that being a ring girl is harder than it seems.[13]

As model[edit]

Celeste has modeled for magazines such as Maxim, FHM, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and Fighter's Only Magazine.[14]

On February 4, 2010, Sports Illustrated named her "Lady of The Day."[15]

Maxim voted her "The Hottest UFC Octagon Girl" in the May 2010 issue where she was featured as the cover model.[16] Arianny also appears in Maxim's Hot 100 list for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014; she placed #23, #69, #58, #18 and #59 respectively on the list.[17][18][19][20][21]

Celeste posed nude for the November 2010 issue of Playboy, which was one of top-selling issues that year.[22]

As host[edit]

The UFC premiered a new weekly, web-only show called UFC Ultimate Insider on July 29, 2010.[23] 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 was the co-host of TV series Overhaulin'. She appeared in seven episodes from 2014 to 2015.[24][25]


The Hooters invited Celeste to be a judge at the 2011 Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant.[26] Celeste is featured as an Octagon girl in video games UFC Undisputed 2010, UFC Undisputed 3, EA Sports UFC and EA Sports UFC 2.[27][28]


In September 2009, high school senior Conner Cordova, a fan of mixed martial arts, asked Celeste to attend his prom with him in a series of three YouTube videos. Celeste agreed, provided that he found a date for her friend. 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.[29][30]

In 2013, Celeste, along with female mixed martial artists from various promotions, auctioned their sports bras on eBay to raise money for breast cancer research.[31]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she organized a GoFundMe fundraiser to provide medical Protective equipment for the Centennial Hospital in Las Vegas and other related hospitals.[32]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 FightZone Presents Herself Special guest
2010 Cubed Herself Special guest
2010 MMA H.E.A.T. Herself Special guest
2011 2011 Hooters International Swinsuit Pageant Herself Judge
2011 MMAthletics Herself Special guest
2012 Tosh.0 Herself Special guest
2012 The Burn with Jeff Ross Herself Special guest
2012–2013 UFC Ultimate Insider Herself Host for 4 episodes
2013 AXS Live Herself Special guest
2014 The Playboy Morning Show Herself Special guest
2015 The Damon Elliott Show Herself Special guest
2014–2015 Overhaulin' Herself Host
2017 MVP Herself Host for 1 episode


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Here Comes the Boom Herself Uncredited
2015 Girl House Kylie Uncredited
TBA Brass Knuckles Miyoung Pre-production

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 UFC Undisputed 2010 Herself
2011 UFC Personal Trainer Herself
2012 UFC Undisputed 3 Herself
2014 EA Sports UFC Herself
2016 EA Sports UFC 2 Herself
2018 EA Sports UFC 3 Herself


  1. ^ Arianny Celeste Photos Updated October 29, 2010
  2. ^ "UFC Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste as New Brand Ambassador". Archived from the original on February 10, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  3. ^ World MMA Awards
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 3, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ World MMA Awards
  8. ^ World MMA Awards
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 5, 2016. Retrieved October 29, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Mark McGowan (March 24, 2017). "This Is How Much UFC Ring Card Girls Earn". Archived from the original on August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  11. ^ Brian Lewis (February 26, 2015). "'Big bully' Ronda Rousey in heated feud with UFC ring girl". Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  12. ^ Brent Brookhouse and John Morgan (February 25, 2015). "Rousey on Celeste's 'bully' comments: 'I'm sorry, but I'm not impressed with the job'". Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  13. ^ "Arianny Celeste on UFC champ Ronda Rousey's criticism: 'I see her as a big bully'". February 25, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "Official site "About Me"". October 29, 2010.
  15. ^ Lovely Lady of the Day: Arianny Celeste February 4, 2010 - Updated October 29, 2010
  16. ^ Arianny Celeste Photos May 2010 Updated October 29, 2010
  17. ^ "Maxim 2010 Hot 100". October 29, 2010. Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  18. ^ "2011 Hot 100 List - Maxim". May 3, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  19. ^ "2012 Hot 100 List - Maxim". April 27, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  20. ^ Jesse Brukman (September 29, 2013). "2013 Hot 100 List - Maxim". Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  21. ^ Richard James (September 28, 2014). "2014 Hot 100 List - Maxim". Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  22. ^ "Arianny Celeste nude in Playboy USA November 2010". Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  23. ^ UFC Ultimate Insider: Episode 1 July 29, 2010 - Updated October 29, 2010
  24. ^ "About Me". Archived from the original on November 15, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  25. ^ "Velocity's 'Overhaulin Adds Arianny Celeste as Co-Host". September 4, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
  26. ^ Ben Crandell (June 27, 2011). "So Florida Hooters Girl wins swimsuit crown". Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  27. ^ Justin Calvert (February 10, 2014). "EA Sports UFC: Gameplay vs Realism". Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  28. ^ "GAME - EA Sports UFC 2". Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  29. ^ Arianny Celeste-Conner Cordova dream dance... March 22, 2010 - Denver Westword Blogs. Updated October 29, 2010
  30. ^ "Haiti Benefit Press Relief" Archived December 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. March 20, 2010
  31. ^ McKinley Nobel (January 3, 2013). "UFC's Ronda Rousey, Arianny Celeste Sell Their Bras on eBay for Charity". Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  32. ^

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Michelle Madrigal
FHM Cover Girl
(May 2012)
Succeeded by
Kaye Abad
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Valeen Montenegro
FHM Cover Girl
(August 2015)
Succeeded by
Yam Concepcion
Preceded by
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MH Women
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