UFC ring girl Luciana Andrade fires back following recent pay claim by Uriah Hall which even prompted Shevchenko to get involved

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UFC ring girl Luciana Andrade has set the record straight following a recent claim made by Uriah Hall.

Valentina Shevchenko is a longtime supporter of the UFC ring girls.

Former UFC middleweight contender Uriah Hall recently told the press that he retired from MMA competition due to the lack of pay and voiced his displeasure about the UFC ring girls apparently earning $70,000.

Cause you’re going out there and fighting and you’re putting your brain cells on the line and f—king ring card girls are making $70,000, which is utterly f—king ridiculous,” he said.

UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko would take to her Twitter page to throw a shot at Hall about retired fighters always talking about the ring girls.

Popular UFC ring girl Luciana Andrade has since decided to set the record straight in a pair of tweets sent directly to WMMA Rankings.

People just love to throw numbers out there. Ring girls don’t make that in an entire year. Stop spreading such rumors – it’s irresponsible and about time we stop being blamed/hated for things that aren’t under our control.” she wrote.

It’s a fun side gig, not a full time job. And – not that I ever have to explain myself but – as someone that has earned Law degrees in 2 countries, I’m perfectly capable of using my brain while working with whatever I want. Because I can. ;).” she continued.

Andrade would later send a tweet out to Uriah Hall voicing her displeasure with him making up numbers about how much the ring girls earn.

But why use ring girls as a scapegoat to complain about fighter pay? We don’t make $70k/fight or even in a whole year – by spreading such disinformation you’re fueling hate toward us. It’s a fun side gig, not a full time job – naturally, (not a complain) we receive much less.” she said.

She would later release one final statement to conclude the situation via public tweets.

In these [almost] 8 years of working as a Ring Girl, I never once got involved in any controversies but I feel we need to address this nonense about our pay and all the hate that comes from it. I have a lot of respect for the athletes and the MMA community, with some of my dearest memories being related to all these years on the road. UFC has given me the opportunity to work and travel to places I never thought I’d be able to visit, so I will never take it for granted.” she said.

With that said, being a ring girl is a fun side gig – not a full time job. So, naturally, all these numbers you see online are far from the truth. We’re not competing for a better pay – we’re simply doing our jobs as brand ambassadors, which is what we were hired for.” she continued. “If it’s not something you would do – that is totally fine. But you do need to respect other people’s life and career choices. When some [usually with more voice and visibility] spread disinformation about our role and pay, a lot of hate and misogynistic comments come our way. We all have a life outside of MMA – if people make money through other gigs (and they do), that’s completely separate and should not be confused with what you are fighting for. We are all hustling.”

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