By now, surely you've heard that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon girl Arianny Celeste (real name Arianny Lopez) was arrested this past weekend (May 26, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada, by the Clark County Police Department and charged with domestic violence.
What we haven't heard is what exactly it was that led to the arrest of the UFC's longest active official card carrier.
Though full details are still sketchy, The Las Vegas Sun reports that an argument with boyfriend Praveen Chandra, 34, over text messages is what led to a physical altercation between the two and the eventual arrest of both Arianny and Praveen:
A Wynn employee heard a crashing sound from a room and saw Lopez come running out of the room shortly after 4:30 a.m., the reports state. Lopez told police her boyfriend choked her and grabbed her right arm during an argument about text messages, the reports said. Officers noted that Lopez had scratches on her right arm. Detectives interviewed Chandra who said Lopez kicked him in the nose in a limousine, where the argument started, the reports said.
But the altercation didn't end there:
The argument escalated in the hotel room, at which point Chandra accused Lopez of throwing two vases at him, police said. Chandra recorded parts of the argument on his cell phone, which showed him following Lopez around the hotel room and demanding to know why she kicked him in the nose, the reports said. Officers noted injuries to Chandra's nose and scratches to his chest and arm."Chandra also continued to laugh at Lopez every time she said how she felt about him," according to the arrest reports. Chandra denied ever touching Lopez during the argument and told police he didn't know how Lopez received cuts on her arms. Police arrested both Lopez and Chandra and transported them to the Clark County Detention Center.
After posting the $3,000 bond, Celeste was released and eventually made her way cageside to join Brittney Palmer and proceed with her obligations. The report also stated that a hearing for the two is set in Las Vegas Justice Court is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. this upcoming Friday morning (June 1, 2012).
UFC President Dana White briefly addressed Lopez's arrest during a news conference Saturday at UFC 146 and
before all the details of the incident were revealed, White expressed his support for Arianny:
"She has been with us for over five years. She is a good girl and an amazing ambassador for the UFC. I don't know the details and what happened, but we have her back and support her 100 percent."
No word on whether or not the UFC's head honcho will have a change of heart once further details surface. Rest assured, we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.