A UFC strawweight says she quit her full-time job as a stripper to focus on MMA, and it was the scariest thing she's done
Vanessa Demopoulos is one of the newest stars in the UFC after a winning performance Saturday
Demopoulos left a 15-year career as a stripper to focus full-time on mixed martial arts
She said it was one of the scariest things she's ever done
33-year-old UFC strawweight Vanessa Demopoulos says she quit her job as a stripper to focus on MMA, and it was the scariest thing she's done
The American won her first UFC match in an 11-fight career Saturday at the UFC 270 event that took place in Anaheim, California.
Demopoulos defeated Silvana Gomez Juarez by first-round armbar — the fourth opening round victory of her burgeoning career.
After the fight, she told reporters at the post-match press conference that she was deserting a 15-year career in adult dancing to devote all her attention to fighting for a living.
"I don't think it's a secret that I was an exotic entertainer for 13 years," she told the media, adding later to MMA Fighting that it was more like 15 years.
I didn't actually say this on the mic, so I'd like to say it right now … I walked away from being a stripper to continue this camp.