Last week in a UFC press conference Khabib Nurmagomedov is quoted as saying “Look, I don’t want to offend anyone, ring girls are the most useless people in martial arts. What is their purpose?”
“Ring girls are the most unnecessary people in mma, what function to they bring? You turn on the tv and you see it’s the second, why are they walking there” pic.twitter.com/q0uWDk7J1F
— Manolo 🥃 (@manny_mma_) August 23, 2021
“We’re all excited to see Ebanie Bridges fight again on this card, as a former ring girl turned boxer, we love to support her.
“It also shows the opportunities that can arise from being a ring girl, the opportunities created and the different paths taken. I know this has happened in MMA too, former ring card girls turned to training to fight.”
“Which seems absurd to me as the girls only ever enter a cage or ring during the interval, so they’re not distracting from any fighting taking place.
“It’s a great job and a great side earner for lots of women who enjoy doing it. I know many ring girls feel very fortunate for the opportunity to work huge fighting events, such as the Joshua vs Usyk fight coming up.”