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Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste Says Ronda Rousey Is Not A Good Role Model

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Arianny Celeste photographed by Steve Shaw for issue 19 of UFC 360. Subscribe at ufc.com/magazine * Styling by Ali & Isabell, hair by Aaron Light, Makeup by Jojo McCarthy

Ronda Rousey doesn’t mind playing the heel in the UFC, and it appears as though she has another critic.

The UFC women’s bantamweight champion is on the receiving end of criticism, not from a fighter, but from an Octagon girl.

Arianny Celeste is calling out the champ.

“I don’t really like the way she carries herself,” said Celeste, in an MMAJunkie radio interview. “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.”

Rousey has famously dissed other females, from Kim Kardashian to Miesha Tate.

Rousey has emerged as perhaps the UFC’s biggest star. She’s locked up movie roles, magazine covers and made the rounds on the television talk show circuit. Celeste too, however, is one of the UFC’s most recognizable personalities.

Rousey, however, has her doubts.

“There’s a reason why the ring girls aren’t asked to star in movies, and it’s because they’re pretty, but talentless,” Rousey said in a 2012 interview.

Rousey, an Olympic bronze medalist in judo, crushed Sara McMann at UFC 170. The undefeated Rousey, 9-0, may be headed toward a matchup with Cat Zingano later this year.

For complete UFC 170 post-fight coverage visit SciFighting.com