Popular UFC Octagon girl Arianny Celeste has long held an enchanting sway over MMA enthusiasts. Her charismatic presence is often seen at UFC live events. But hidden by the glamour lies a little-known chapter – a period when this beloved figure was entangled in accusations of domestic violence.
Back in 2012, TMZ unearthed a mug shot of Arianny Celeste. This stemmed from her arrest in Nevada over suspected involvement in a domestic violence episode. After a reportedly ‘booze-fueled’ argument with her ex-boyfriend Praveen Chandra which became violent in a Wynn Las Vegas room, she was arrested.
At that time, Dana White swiftly came to Celeste’s defense. He passionately vouched for her, highlighting her relationship with the UFC.
“Arianny is our baby. She has been with us for over five years. She is a good girl and an amazing ambassador for UFC. I don’t know all the details of what happened, but we have her back and support her 100 percent.”
According to reports of the incident, the altercation started in a limousine en route to Wynn Las Vegas. Allegedly, Celeste confronted Chandra about text messages he sent to other women. This ended up igniting a heated argument.
Chandra claimed Celeste kicked him in the nose while she accused him of choking her and squeezing her arm in their hotel room. Both were arrested, with Chandra also facing domestic violence charges.
Nevertheless, the Las Vegas District Attorney’s office dropped all charges against both parties due to ‘insufficient evidence’. This put an end to the widely-publicized domestic violence accusations involving Arianny Celeste.
According to arrest reports, the ex-boyfriend Chandra said Celeste had kicked him in the nose and thrown two vases at him. Meanwhile, Celeste claimed that Chandra repeatedly choked her over the evening.
Despite the legal turmoil stemming from the altercation with Praveen Chandra, Celeste resumed her role as an octagon girl after securing release on bail. She also made a prominent appearance at UFC 146 alongside fellow octagon girl Brittany Palmer.