Kenda Perez

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Kenda Perez
Born Kenda Rae Perez
(1983-05-18) May 18, 1983 (age 34)[1]
Laguna Beach, California
Occupation Model, Host (Best of PrideFC and Best of WEC, The Ultimate Show)
Modeling information
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Hair color Brown
Eye color Hazel

Kenda Perez is an American model and host. She is the host of Best of Pride Fighting Championships and Best Of WEC on Fox Sports 1. Perez also hosts a weekly online MMA show on the Bleacher Report website, and represents for the clothing brand Famous Stars and Straps.


Kenda Perez was born in Laguna Beach, and raised in old-town Orange, and attended Orangewood Adventist Academy. She resides in Newport Beach, California.[2] Her father, Ken Perez, holds a black belt in Shitō-ryū.[3] Her mother's name is Kaye. Perez owns a Yorkshire Terrier named after her favorite TV show Dexter, as well as a cat Nikki.[4] Perez and longtime boyfriend Cub Swanson announced they were expecting their first child in August 2017.[5]


A friend suggested she enter Maxim magazine's Hometown Hotties competition. Perez first entered in 2006, and finished as a top 100 semi-finalist.[6] The next year, Perez was voted as a top four finalists[7] and later featured in the magazine/website.[8] Perez continued to work with Maxim on promotional events, including an appearance on the TV game show 1 vs. 100.[9]


In 2009, the UFC produced a new show called "The Best of Pride Fighting Championships." The program showcases some of the best fights, and fighters from Pride, including Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Quinton Jackson, and Wanderlei Silva. Perez auditioned, and was hired as the host after impressing producers with her natural ability in front of the camera and behind the microphone. The first episode aired on January 15, 2010 on Spike TV.[10] Season two debuted January 3rd, 2012 on Fuel TV in the United States. The third season aired on Fox Sports 2. She now currently hosts "The Best Of WEC" in its second season on Fox Sports 1.

The Ultimate Show (Bleacher Report)[edit]

She hosted a weekly online MMA show for for two years, which debuted on August 4, 2011.


Kenda is currently a weekly guest on the "Jason Ellis Show" hosted by Jason Ellis on Faction channel 41 on Sirius XM. Kenda is also member of the Famous Stars and Straps "Family" owned by Travis Barker, supporting the brand through advertising, events, trade shows, etc.

In media[edit]

Magazine appearances[edit]

  • Maxim Magazine - Dec 2007 // Oct 2012 // Dec 2012
  • UFC Magazine - Aug/Sept 2010 // Oct 2011//Aug/Sept 2014(Australia Edition)
  • Muscle & Fitness - Jan 2011
  • 944 magazine - June 2011 (O.C. Edition)
  • Fight! Magazine - Aug 2011
  • Maxim UK - Dec 2011 (Online Only)
  • Fighters Only UK - Issue 84
  • Inside Fitness - Aug/Sept 2012 (w/ Arianny Celeste & Brittney Palmer)


  • CNNSI's Hot Clicks "Lovely Lady of the Day" for August 4, 2010[11]
  • Bleacher Report's "MMA Hottie of the Week" on February 22, 2011[12]
  • CNNSI's Hot Clicks Photo Gallery of the Day for April 23rd, 2012[13]
  • Appears in UFC Undisputed 3 as a PRIDE ring girl


  1. ^ Kenda Perez / Biography Retrieved 2010-10-22
  2. ^ O.C.'s Hometown Hottie is a hit in MMA Retrieved 2010-10-23
  3. ^ Kenda Perez: Daddy’s girl keeps the PRIDE going in MMA Retrieved 2010-10-23
  4. ^ It's my baby Dexter's birthday today!!! : ) Retrieved 2010-10-23
  5. ^ Andrew L. John (2017-03-21). "Surprise sprung on Cub Swanson after winning Fight of the Year". Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  6. ^ 2006 Maxim Hometown Hotties semi-finalists Retrieved 2010-10-23
  7. ^ 2007 Maxim Hometown Hotties finalists Retrieved 2010-10-22
  8. ^ Maxim Girls - Kenda Perez Retrieved 2010-10-23
  9. ^ 1 vs 100 - Melanie Retrieved 2010-10-23
  10. ^ Tonight on 'The Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships' Retrieved 2010-10-22
  11. ^ Kenda Perez - Lovely Lady Of the Day Retrieved 2011-01-23
  12. ^ Kenda Perez: Bleacher Report's MMA Hottie of the Week Retrieved 2011-02-23
  13. ^ [1]

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