You attracted quite a number of onlookers during the shoot. Does it bother you when people stare?
I don’t really mind when strangers hang around during my photo shoots, unless they’re disrespectful. Otherwise I’ll get them kicked out. Ha ha!
They’re big fans of yours after all.
I’ll never take my fans for granted. I’ve been doing it for a long time—I’m one of the veterans, if you could call it that. I’ve had a lot of fun, done a lot of amazing things, and seen a lot of amazing faces. It’s been a really great roller coaster.
What was it like for you when you were starting out?
When I started, it was the old-school people: Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, BJ Penn. I miss those guys, but at some point they had to retire. It was really cool to see them start the whole UFC craze.
How does it feel to be one of the pioneers of the fastest-growing sport in the world?
It’s amazing to see the company grow as much as it has and as fast as it has. I still miss the old-school feel of it, but it’s a business that’s growing every day. It’s an opportunity for these amazing talented fighters to make a living doing what they love, so that’s pretty cool.
Being an Octagon Girl has opened so many doors for you.
It’s definitely a stepping stone. I’ve hosted TV shows and been on covers of magazines, so it’s been really great for me.
How many magazine shoots have you done? Do you still keep count?
I don’t even know anymore, ha ha!
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