As reported by Maggie Hendricks
TMZ reports that UFC Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste was arrested on a domestic violence charge. A report from MMA Weekly confirms she was released from the Clarke County Detention Center on a $3,000 bond.
She was not present for the preliminary fights, but was seen on-camera at the beginning of the third-from-last fight of the night. UFC president Dana White commented on her absence from the early fights.
“Arianny is our baby. 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,” White told Yahoo! Sports.
Celeste was in Las Vegas for UFC 146, and worked weigh-ins on Friday. A UFC Octagon Girl’s basic job is to hold up a card between rounds that display round numbers, but they also serve as ambassadors for the UFC, meeting fans, doing autograph signings, modeling UFC gear and serving as one of the faces of the UFC. She hosts the UFC’s web show, “UFC Ultimate Insider.”
She has worked for the UFC since 2006, and has also modeled for Playboy, Maxim and FHM.
As reported by BBC news reporter Ben Dirs
Froch, 34, was the underdog before the fight but had too much power for the IBF super-middleweight champion.
The home fighter took the first two rounds before putting Bute in all sorts of trouble in a savage third.
Bute was again saved by the bell in the fourth but his corner pulled him out in the next during a standing count.
“After the Andre Ward defeat I was very, very deflated. I was here to put right a wrong,” Froch told Sky Sports. “I was more determined than ever before.
“I was very switched on, focused and determined. I came here to do a job. If it had gone 12 rounds it would have been 12 rounds of that. I was on it.
“A lot of people wrote me off. The bookies got it wrong, and a lot of people in Nottingham have won some money tonight.
“I could not afford to be lazy and flat-footed. Big respect to Lucian, he can punch, and he hit me with some good shots in there. But I came back.”
Froch’s victory cements his place in the pantheon of British greats and one of the greatest 168lb fighters in history.
Froch was fighting for the first time since losing the final of the Super Six tournament against Ward in December and some judges thought an epic run of seven elite-level fights was finally taking its toll.
But Froch insisted he still had plenty left in the tank and questioned why Bute had been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite when he had not mixed at the same exalted level.
Bute had made nine defences before this fight but was defending the title he won in 2007 for only the second time outside his adoptive Canada.
Froch shaded the opening round, charging the champion and landing with a couple of left hooks, although Bute had some success on the counter.
Bute got his vaunted left hook working early in the second but Froch came storming back, working his jab and snapping his rival’s head back with a crisp right-left combination as he looked to have stolen the round.
Froch had Bute veering around the ring in a dramatic third, the challenger teeing off with his right hand and pouring on the combinations as the champion retreated to the ropes, looking at one stage as if he was about to fall.
With Bute struggling to close the gap, Froch again got the better of some brutal exchanges in round four and the Canadian staggered to his corner at the bell, to the extent that his team might have been best to pull their man out.
But Bute, 32, could not withstand the continued onslaught in round five, his corner calling a halt to proceedings as he was receiving a standing count from referee Earl Brown.
Bute had a rematch clause in his contract in case of a defeat but given the one-sided nature of the fight, it is doubtful whether he will want to face Froch again, even on home turf.
After the bout Froch announced he had considered retiring if he lost but the stunning nature of his performance suggests he still has plenty of options.
Should Bute choose not to take the rematch, a meeting with Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler, who beat Froch in April 2010, would fit the bill, while the Englishman’s ultimate goal is a second fight with Ward in Las Vegas.
Rapper Adam Yauch, a third of the trailblazing hip-hop act the Beastie Boys, has died aged 47.
Yauch, who performed as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009 after discovering a tumor in his parotid gland.
The band’s management posted a lengthy statement on the Beastie Boys website:
It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer.
Initially dismissed as a trio of jokers who scored a fluke novelty hit with Fight for Your Right (To Party) on their 1986 debut License to Ill, the Beastie Boys would grow into one of the most ambitious and influential acts of the 1990s.
The densely layered followup to their jokey and spare debut was 1989′s Paul’s Boutique, a postmodern hip-hop masterpiece that was largely ignored at its release. Today the Dust Brothers-produced record is considered a seminal album that would hint at the genre-bending direction 1990s pop was heading.
Subsequent records Check Your Head and Ill Communication found an instant foothold in the mainstream, however, propelling the band to stratospheric stardom.
Their lyrics were packed with goofy couplets, in-jokes and pop-culture references. And each of the Beasties cultivated distinct personas and vocal deliveries that meshed well together and could stand alone.
Yauch’s voice was mellow, gravelly and gruff – sandpaper and warm beer – allowing him to play both the shady drifter (Paul Revere) and loveable buddy (“My man MCA’s got a beard like a billy goat”).
The Brooklyn-born Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys in 1981, originally as a punk rock outfit with Mike “Mike D” Diamond, drummer Kate Schellenbach and guitarist John Berry in 1981. The group got its start playing underground clubs around New York and released an EP later that year.
Schellenbach and Berry would leave the band, though and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz, a third middle-class Jewish kid from New York, came on board.
After eschewing punk for an exaggerated fratty b-boy posture, the trio would go on to become the unlikely first white rap group to achieve massive mainstream success – to the initial chagrin of hip-hop purists.
After poorly received tours opening for Madonna and Run DMC, the band released Licensed to Ill in 1986, which struck a surprise chord: the Rick Rubin-produced album was fastest-selling debut in Columbia Records’ history, selling more than 750,000 copies in its first six weeks.
The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, but Yauch was unable to attend due to his health. His cancer treatments also delayed the release of the group’s most recent album, Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2.
In addition to his career in music, Yauch was a film-maker and passionate Buddhist and defender of Tibetan rights. Yauch directed many of the band’s music videos under the name Nathanial Hörnblowér, including So What’cha Want, Intergalactic and the more recent Make Some Noise.
Yauch, who is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter, Losel, wrote a letter to his bandmates and fans for last month’s hall of fame induction: “I’d like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike,” he wrote. “They walked the globe with me. It’s also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours.”
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