It’s been a long-standing tradition in the fighting world that attractive women come into the ring between rounds and, using large signs, announce what round is coming up. It’s a way for spectators to know how deep into the match they are without having to keep track for themselves. Plus, it’s always nice to look at some hot ladies in bikinis.
In professional team sports, the majority of teams have cheerleaders to distract and amuse the audience. In smaller, one-on-one sports, it gets trickier to infuse this sort of attraction because the games are already so intimate. I’m just waiting for the day when golf or ping pong introduce their scantily-clad sexy scorekeepers.
The UFC has exploded in recent years, going from trend to legitimate mainstay on the major sports carrousel. Since they’re a major entertainment brand, it only makes sense that they’d introduce ring girls. I mean, boxing does it, so why wouldn’t they?? Well, they did. And they did it WELL. The UFC introduced a smoldering hot team of Octagon Girls that puts the girls in any other sport to shame.
Kristie Pearson is arguably the cream of the UFC’s excellent crop. The blonde bombshell can be seen holding the ring card, participating in promotional events, or just generally making her presence felt at UFC events.
Take a look at some of her best Instagram pictures and you’ll start to get an idea of why everyone loves watching the UFC (hint: it’s not all about the fighting).