The feud between the champion and the ring card girl continues. Ronda Rousey and Arianny Celeste clearly aren't fans of each other, and neither has held back from giving their opinions on the matter to the media. Rousey has been talking smack for since 2012, and Arianny finally responded about a year ago. The latest volley from Ronda included comments about fighter pay, saying that combatants should at least make more than ring card girls.
In response to that, Arianny stated that Rousey was a 'big bully' on MMA Junkie Radio:
"I’m not going to talk about her because I’m not a fighter. I’m not going to waste my time. I actually don’t talk about anyone. It blows my mind that someone who doesn’t even know me continuously picks on me. And that’s all I see her as: a big bully."
Today in a media scrum in the lead-up to Rousey's UFC 184 bout with Cat Zingano, the champ was informed about Celeste calling her a bully. And she had a whopper of a response, as expected (via MMA Junkie):
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"What did I say that I was a bully? I said that the fighters should get paid more than the ring girls. That doesn’t make me a bully, that makes me f-cking right.
"I’m sorry, but she wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for the fighters. She wouldn’t. Do you think her walking in circles around the two guys or two girls out there like, fighting for their lives is worth more? You think she works harder than they do? I didn’t say that she needed a pay cut. I said either the ring card girls are paid too much or the fighters aren’t paid enough."
Then she started mocking her.
"For her to take that personally – you know what would have been the best thing for her to say? 'Oh my god! You know? These fighters work so hard. And I wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for them and I just admire them so much. Yeah, I definitely think that they should get paid more than anybody in the arena tonight.’
"There you go, a PR lesson for her."
She continued on in reference to the other main UFC octagon girl, Brittney Palmer, complimenting her on what she's doing with her life:
"I’ve got a lot of respect for Brittney Palmer. She went and became a ring card girl to pay her way through art school and become a renowned artist. And, her being a ring card girl helped promote her art. If you’re working at Hooters, because you’re trying to pay your way through medical school? Then f-cking work it, girl. I respect the hustle. But don’t think you’re hot sh-t just because you work at Hooters. Use it to further yourself in life. Don’t think that you’re awesome just because you do that.
"I’m sorry, but I’m not impressed with the job in itself."
My guess is that this isn't going to end any time soon.