There Are Now Calls To Ban 'Octagon Girls' From The UFC

“It’s 2019. Do we really still need scantily clad women to wander around the middle of a fighting ring between rounds?”
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UFC Octagon girl Brittney Palmer

UFC Octagon girl Brittney Palmer

Arianny Celeste, Brittney Palmer and the other gorgeous Octagon Girls of the UFC could be banned from an upcoming MMA event if some Australian politicians have their way.

Ahead of UFC 243 in Melbourne on October 5, Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp called for UFC president Dana White to rid his organization of the scantily-clad, card-carrying cuties who strut around the cage between rounds, deeming the tradition "sexist and backward," according to the New York Post.

“It's 2019, do we really still need scantily clad women to wander around the middle of a fighting ring between rounds?" Capp told the Herald Sun.

“Grid girls are no longer part of Formula One," Capp added in reference to last year's ban of F1's promotional models. "Walk-on girls are no longer part of professional darts. Surely it's time to move on.”

Another Australian pol, Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews, supported Capp's call for a ban on UFC Octagon beauties.

“The Grand Prix did the right thing in ending the use of grid girls and we encourage other events to make similar moves,” Andrews said. 

However, many Twitter users disagreed with both, with one noting that the fighters themselves are wearing next to nothing. 

UFC 243 will feature Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya and Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim as the main and co-main events, respectively.