MMA fanboys the world over have likely just had their dreams come true as UFC President Dana White recently confirmed rumors that UFC ring card girl Arianny Celeste will be appearing in this November’s issue of adult magazine Playboy. White revealed the news in an interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani after the UFC 118 pre-fight press conference.
Rumors sparked when Celeste posted a picture of the Playboy front office to her Twitter account and White indicated that the picture could have been posted when Celeste was at the office for her photo shoot.
“Yeah its true,” said White of Celeste’s Playboy appearance. “She will be the November cover of Playboy, she just shot it. Probably the day she tweeted that she shot it. All the pictures are coming back right now and from what I am hearing it was a great shoot and she’ll be the cover in November.”
Celeste will not be the first UFC ring girl to pose for the iconic magazine, Rachelle Leah appeared on the November 2008 cover of the magazine. White expects Celeste’s covershoot to do as well as, if not better than Leah’s, considering the amount of growth the UFC has undergone in just the past two years.
“It was good, Rachelle did really well and Rachelle’s cover was at a time when the UFC was not as big as it is now,” said White. “And obviously Arianny… I would have to say she is one of the biggest and most beloved ring card girls we have ever had so I am sure it is going to do very well.”