Arianny Celeste: 'He was choking me and I defended myself'

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: Ring girl and model Arianny Celeste poses after winning the Ring Girl of the Year award at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Everybody was kung-fu fighting, apparently.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon Girl extraordinaire, Arianny Celeste, has finally broken her silence following her arrest for domestic violence last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The part-time sexpot and her boyfriend, Praveen Chandra, came to blows in a "Sin City" hotel.

Celeste tells HollyScoop.com it was self-defense:

"I was defending myself after he choked me twice."

Her May 26, 2012 arrest interfered with -- but did not prevent -- her Octagon appearance at UFC 146.

After posting $3,000 bond in the early part of the day, Celeste managed to return to her cageside duties later that night -- about midway through the event -- looking no worse for the wear.

Celeste, who has the full support of UFC President Dana White, is scheduled to appear in Las Vegas Justice Court tomorrow morning (June 1) to answer for the charges.

To see Arianny's mug shot picture click here. For more details and information surrounding her recent arrest (and the aftermath) click here and here.

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