UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste was one of over 50 female MMA fighters and ring girls to donate gear for a recent series of eBay charity auctions for breast cancer research, according to a Jan. 12 interview with sports bra auctioneer David Bayer.
Celeste's sports bra sold on eBay for $449, and the money went directly to Keep-A-Breast and the Breast Cancer Survivor's Network.
The auctions were designed to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer through the empowerment of women. A total of $5,346 was collected for the 63 items Bayer received from women's MMA stars.
Among the many female MMA stars who contributed besides Celeste were Emily Kagan, Julie Kedzie, Cassie Crisano, Hitomi Akano, Ayaka Hamasaki, Sara McMann, Ronda Rousey, Katalina Malungahu, Liz Carmouche, Bec Hyatt, Amanda Bell, Cassie Robb, Michelle Waterson, Laura Sanko, Racheal Blaze, Felice Herrig, Sarah Goodlaxson and Tecia Torres.
Rousey's bra was the top seller, and Celeste's item followed close behind.
Rousey's bra raked into $810, while Celeste brought in $449. Herrig's cute pink sports bra sold for $405, and Hyatt's top drew a high bid of $355.
"The next one for WMMA will be in the October area," Bayer said. "We will coordinate it with Invicta's event in that time period. Janet Martin and Invicta were essential in putting this together with us. Between now and then, we will have other auctions. We have a Women of Comedy auction that we're working on. We also have some special items; a bra signed by the 2012 US Women's Olympic team (gold medal winners) and one signed by four of the gold medal gymnasts."
Female MMA stars who are interested in donating items can reach Bayer via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.