If you're an MMA fan, you obviously know about Conor McGregor and Arianny Celeste. Both are at the top of their professions. However, McGregor's popularity goes well beyond the octagon and into the mainstream. As for Arianny, if you don't follow the UFC, you've probably never heard of her, which is a grave injustice.
The question is why? You could argue that there are plenty of hot women out there making a living on their looks and sexuality. At the same time, there are plenty of popular, world class fighters out there, as well. But in an era where people like the Cash Me Ousside girl garner more media attention for being rude, obnoxious idiots, it's easy to understand why they are so outspoken: it pays more. Does it make it right? Not at all, but it sells.
The bottom line is that athletes from most major sports are way overpaid. There is simply too much focus on the entertainment industry (which both Arianny and Conor are a part of), while people like teachers and police officers who are in more important professions and have a bigger impact on society barely earn enough to make a living. Having said that, there is no way that Arianny will sell as many pay-per-views as Conor. But does that make it right?
At the end of the day, it's just an excuse to show some delicious photos of the hottest ring girl ever, while bashing the loudmouthed Champion, which many love to do anyways. People either love him or hate him, but as for Arianny, everyone seems to love her, and there are many reasons why.
Don't get me wrong, I like Conor, and I hope he knocks Mayweather out, which I highly doubt if they ever fight. Honestly, we could argue for or against him, depending on the situation, but for the purpose of this topic, we will argue why Arianny Celeste deserves to make more money than the Irishman.
15 Better Looking
Let's face it: Arianny is just better to look at. Would you rather see Conor dry-humping an opponent for 15-25 minutes, or would you rather see Arianny in the center of the ring with a round card for the same amount of time? Don't get me wrong; I love MMA, and the opportunity to see someone get knocked out is one of the reasons why we keep coming back for more. But at the end of the day, if you had to choose between looking at Conor or Arianny, it's a no-brainer.
She has her own style, better body, face, hair, smile, etc.. She even looks way better in MMA attire as she has sparred and done photo shoots wearing MMA gear. Put Arianny in some of those tight spandex shorts and forget about it. No need for a decision; it's a TKO for Celeste every time.
14 Stands Up To Bullies Like Rousey
It was so nice seeing Rousey get smashed in her last two fights. That's what happens when you punch a bully in the face. Rousey is beyond cocky and arrogant, and she likes to run her mouth and put other people down at the same time. Perhaps that's why Conor sympathizes with her and stood up for her after her most recent loss, saying "I love Ronda. I’ve always supported Ronda." Sounds like two peas in a pod.
When Rousey was interviewed by Maxim, she was asked if there were any undeserving women on the list. That's when she called out Arianny, saying, "It would have been really funny if I’d beaten Arianny Celeste… Like, ‘Ha-ha, it’s your job to show your t—–s — I do that better than you!’ Maybe next year. She’s only getting older, and I’m reaching my prime."
Arianny replied, "I’m not going to talk about her. I’m not going to waste my time. 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."
Classy, Arianny. Beat it, Rousey!
13 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
Being involved in the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is another big step in the process of getting your name on the map. Many top models have graced the cover, or done photo shoots for this once-a-year edition of the popular sports magazine.
On February 4, 2010, Sports Illustrated named Arianny "Lady of The Day" as she became the first UFC ring girl to be involved in a Sports illustrated shoot and both nominated and recognized for any title. Truly a pioneer -- yet another accolade to add to her already impressive CV.
One thing we must admit is that Conor is a funny guy. To say he's outspoken is an understatement. His press conferences are always entertaining -- like when he stole the belt from Aldo. But lately, he's been a bit over the top, which is also an understatement. From throwing chairs at people to insulting anyone and everyone, he's becoming more like Mayweather, which is not a good thing at all.
There are reasons we don't like Floyd Mayweather -- it's not just because he picks his own fights, but also because of his cocky, arrogant attitude. Kind of like Rousey, but even worse. This is how bullies act and is the reason we don't like them. Conor is on the same path with no signs of slowing down.
Meanwhile, Arianny is a humble introvert who shows no signs of any attitude, which, unfortunately, most girls with her stunning looks seem to always have.
11 She Doesn't Tap Out
Many of McGregor's followers respect him because they feel that he backs up all of his trash talk. He can talk the talk and walk the walk. Well, that wasn't exactly the case in his initial matchup against Stockton's own, Nate Diaz. In Conor's first fight against a non-midget, he was subsequently choked to the point where he had to tap out, rather than fall asleep. Conor got a lot of flack from his detractors, and rightly so. Fighters are more respected for trying to survive and withstand a submission until they lose consciousness.
As for Arianny, she can take a choke and dish it back. Case in point, according to Wikipedia, on May 26, 2012, "Celeste was arrested in Las Vegas on a domestic violence charge with regards to an alleged fight between her and her then-boyfriend, Praveen Chandra." Chandra accused Celeste of kicking him in the face, but this was after Chandra had choked her several times during the evening. She withstood not only a choke but several of them before lashing out with a high-kick of her own. Very impressive!
10 Has Her Own Identity -- Doesn't Steal Others'
When Conor first arrived on the MMA scene in the United States, he was young and very raw. UFC President Dana White felt the need to build McGregor's identity so he could create an image and a fan base. In the sports and entertainment industry, it's all about marketing and creating hype so that you can eventually make as much money as possible.
McGregor went from having no facial hair or tattoos to the guy we all know today. Now, there's no problem with having tattoos or a new image, unless of course, you stole them (or the identity) from someone else, and that's exactly what happened.
The Irishman has almost the exact same tattoos, hairstyle, and facial hair as Canadian model, John Mario John. It's obvious from the photos that Conor basically jacked his entire image and identity. How pathetic is that? We're very surprised Conor has not been called out publicly about this. It's a disgrace.
9 Hottest Hooters Girl
Just like all aspiring young ladies who want to get noticed, have a career in modeling, or make it in the 'other industry,' Arianny did her time at the popular restaurant chain known for employing beautiful young ladies. While Hooters is famous for their "Buffalo wings," they are equally famous for their more than attractive staff, and those sexy Hooters outfits they wear.
Not only did Arianny work for Hooters, but she was also part of the Hooters 2011 Swimsuit Pageant and the Hooters 2011 'International' Swimsuit Pageant. Quite an accomplishment to be selected from so many sexy Hooters girls. It's too bad we can't actually find a photo of Arianny wearing one of those Hooters uniforms; we can only imagine how hot she must've looked.
8 Maxim Top Model
Being one of the hottest talents out there, Arianny was hired to do shoots for big-time modeling magazines like Maxim and FHM. The beautiful half-Mexican, half-Filipina not only did a very impressive shoot for Maxim, but she also went on to be recognized as one of the best in the industry, winning various awards along the way.
According to Wikipedia, "Maxim voted her 'The Hottest UFC Octagon Girl' in the May 2010 issue where she was featured as the cover model." She also appeared in Maxim's Hot 100 list for 2010 where she was voted as #23 on the list. We highly doubt Conor could do that, especially since there's already a Conor McGregor model in Canadian John Mario John, the guy Conor jacked his identity from.
7 Ring Girl Of The Year
The lovely Arianny made her UFC debut in 2006 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada, near her hometown of Las Vegas, where she was born and raised. Ms. Celeste went on to become the 2008 Ring Girl of the Year, a title she would defend and hold on to for four years in a row, until 2011.
She would eventually lose her title to Brittney Palmer in what can only be described as a sympathy vote. There's nobody who deserves that title over Arianny, but UFC executives probably felt the need to spread the wealth a little bit.
Arianny would go on to win her title back in 2014, so justice was served.
So we've covered the personality issues Conor has, which seem to be getting worse every day. Now let's focus on the character -- or lack thereof.
Like many loudmouthed champions before him, it seems like all the success and especially the fame and fortune have gone to his head. McGregor is often seen in interviews and around town showing off his wealth on another level. From the Bentleys (plural), to the Rolex watches and fur coats, Conor can't help but show off the extreme amount of cash he's acquired since making his UFC debut just a few short years ago. As we mentioned above, he's clearly trying to become another equally annoying Mayweather. Arianny is the complete opposite. She's not a showboat.
Hopefully, they can make the Mcgregor-Mayweather fight happen, and they both knock each other out. That would be the greatest outcome ever.
While Conor is all over the place acting like a playboy, he's actually in a long-term relationship and has a child on the way. Congrats to McGregor for that. Meanwhile, Arianny is also unmarried at this time, in case you were wondering. However, one of her most notable accomplishments was her appearance in the world famous Playboy magazine.
In the November 2010 issue of Playboy, Celeste did a nude photo shoot, which was one of the top-selling issues that year. This really launched her career to another level and helped her become a household name, especially for all the men out there.
Do you really think Conor has enough looks and talent to pose for Playgirl? Didn't think so. Jog on, you muppet!
4 Better Host
The hottest UFC ring girl ever is also a damn good host. On July 29, 2010, the UFC premiered a new weekly show called the UFC Ultimate Insider. Along with Joe Rogan, Celeste is a host on the show, and they interview various UFC fighters. "It also features updates on upcoming matches, PPV's, as well as highlights from previous events. The first episode featured a new photo shoot with Celeste," according to Wikipedia.
Celeste also co-hosted the reality TV series Overhaulin', in which she appeared in seven episodes from 2014 to 2015. The restoration projects featured on Overhaulin' ranged from "vehicles owned by returning veterans to those negatively impacted by the economy. Each altered car becomes a life-changing surprise for its unknowing owner." What a good deed.
3 Longer Career
Arianny Celeste's very first modeling gig was when she was only 4 months old, working for Gerber, the popular baby food company. She was basically born to model and literally started her career when she was fresh out of the womb.
Some people were simply born with talent, while others, like Conor, develop it over time. Does this mean that she is more worthy and deserving of more money? Probably not. But it's still an amazing feat, and over 30 years later, she's still involved in her craft. She's a true master of the trade and seems to be getting hotter as time goes by. Just like true vintage wine, Arianny is here to stay for many more years to come.
2 More Educated
Perhaps this is why Arianny conducts herself in a more professional manner, although many could argue that how Conor behaves is also at the top of his profession. After all, he wouldn't be in the limelight making the big bucks if he wasn't great at what he does, which is selling fights.
Arianny "attended college at UNLV where she majored in fitness management and nutrition." She got her degree and put it to good use. Conor attended Gaelcholaiste Coláiste Cois Life - whatever that is, before doing a plumbing apprenticeship. Chalk up another point for Arianny!
So there you have it. Conor is a great fighter who knows how to talk loud and market himself. Kudos to McGregor. He's come a long way and is now rich and famous. He deserves props and respect for that. Does it mean he deserves more money? It depends on what you think is more important.
Meanwhile, Arianny, who is also rich and famous, though obviously not to Conor's level, had to do it through multiple professions. She's a model, athlete actress, host, ring girl, and she does charitable work like raising money for the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
She also drinks whiskey, which is one of her favorite drinks, and she did gymnastics for over 15 years -- probably the reason why she has such a nice figure, as well.
The unanimous decision goes to Arianny Celeste...
Sources: Wikipedia; Heavy.com