UFC strawweight Vanessa Demopoulos continues to wow fight fans with her performances in the octagon — as well as her victory celebrations.
“Lil Monster” took a split decision over Jinh Yu Frey at UFC Vegas 57 on Saturday to pick up back-to-back wins before jumping into the arms of MMA legend Michael Bisping in his post-fight interview.
Earlier this year, Demopoulos went viral when she hugged popular UFC commentator and podcaster Joe Rogan after winning a submission at UFC 270.
It now appears to be his official move.
The 33-year-old compared the two experiences and concluded that Rogan’s hug was much better because he grabbed her while Bisping held her weight with one hand.
“Joe was much better! Even though I forced them both, neither of them had a choice,” Demopoulos said with a laugh during the UFC Vegas 57 post-fight press conference.
“I kind of knew Bisping wasn’t going to hold me back, it’s part of his personality.”
The UFC Hall of Famer took to social media to joke about his disappointment after Demopoulos gave him a less than favorable review: “Never been so offended…”
Before making a name for himself in the UFC, Demopoulos combined MMA with a 13-year career as a stripper and only left the profession a few months before UFC 270 to fully focus on performing. to be a fighter.
The American admitted she found it difficult to juggle the two jobs and it eventually led to her relaxing during practice sessions to conserve her energy for her demanding second gig.
“I had to pace myself so I could get through an eight-hour shift doing crazy gymnastics and dancing. Just being a personality for the duration of these shifts,” Demopoulos told MMA Mania.
“It was exhausting staying up until four in the morning and making sure to maintain a healthy lifestyle to be the highest caliber athlete possible in one of the toughest sports imaginable.
“So it’s good to be a retired stripper, for sure.”
Demopoulos, who wrote a book called “The Stripper Bible,” is now 2-1 in his UFC career and 7-4 overall in MMA.
The Ohio native is riding a two-fight winning streak since becoming a full-time fighter and it seems like the sky is the limit for this charismatic 115-pound contender.