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Arianny Celeste: UFC champion Ronda Rousey is not a good role model for women

Because women, the longtime Octagon girl argues, should be building each other up, not tearing each other down.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon girl Arianny Celeste appreciates what women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has done for female fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA), which up until 2012, was sporadically represented in smaller promotions like Strikeforce.

Now, it's on the biggest stage of them all.

What the former Playboy cover girl doesn't appreciate, however, is the negative comments Rousey directed toward her in Maxim magazine, suggesting that her job of carrying cards in between rounds required little-to-no talent, despite the fact that Celeste has been able to parlay that position into a full-time career.

From her conversation with MMA Junkie:

"I don't really like the way she carries herself. I don't think she's a good role model for women. I think that women should empower each other and give each other a little pat on the back. I've personally been talked about by her, and I don't even know her. I've met her twice. She said a couple things in her Maxim interview. A lot of people pointed it out to me, but I didn't really acknowledge it. She's paving the way for women's MMA, and I've made being a UFC Octagon Girl into a career. She should definitely recognize that and be nice."

In addition to her UFC duties, Celeste has appeared in countless magazine spreads (like this one) and recently landed a spot on the "Overhaulin'" television show.

As for Rousey?

She's fresh off a technical knockout win over Sara McMann at last weekend's UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV) event (results), keeping her undefeated streak intact and eliminating what many pundits pegged as her stiffest challenge to date. In her defense, "Rowdy" was "nice" to her opponent the entire time.

Well, at least up until the cage door closed.

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