UFC octagon girl Arianny Celeste is due in court on July 2.
Celeste is set for court for her recent domestic violence case. The case was delayed a month while prosecutors continue to review details of the incident between the octagon girl and her boyfriend, Praveen Chandra.
Celeste, whose real name is Arianny Lopez, was arrested in Las Vegas, charged with domestic violence and booked into Clark County Detention Center in the early hours of May 26 but was released in time to work that evening’s UFC 146 PPV event.
Celeste joined the UFC in 2006 and has since become the longest-tenured and most popular octagon girl. In addition to her duties with the UFC, the Las Vegas native has modeled and appeared in Maxim, FHM, and was on the cover of Playboy in November 2010. She was named Ring Girl of the year from 2009-2011 in the Fighters Only World MMA Awards.
Chandra accused Celeste of kicking him in the nose. However, Celestse indicated Chandra also choked her several times during the evening. The two were both arrested in a Wynn Las Vegas hotel room.
Celeste did not appear in court this past week. She was instead represented before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa by her attorney, Richard Schonfeld.
UFC officials have thus far remained steadfast in their support of Celeste.
“Arianny is our baby,” UFC president Dana White stated on the day of Celeste’s arrest. “She has been with us for over five years. She is a good girl and an amazing ambassador for the UFC. I don’t know all the details of what happened, but we have her back and support her 100 percent.”