Dana White long claimed that MMA is an opportunity and not a career. The fact that many UFC athletes still have to have day jobs to support themselves enforces this claim. While many male MMA stars try making money with websites, promotions and podcasts the most lucrative venue for female stars remains subscription type website.
This is why many current MMA and even boxing stars have OF pages. But it’s not so simple. In the case of one particular star, the success of her OF page forced her out of the gym.
The wives of men training at the same gym allegedly complained about Alice Ardelean’s OF page, forcing her to change gyms. The 30-year-old is now a member of the Ronin MMA gym in Birmingham.
Ardelean set up an account on OF to raise money for her dream of competing in the UFC. She also recently went viral for a stunt involving an egg and her posterior. However, she quickly discovered that she was the target of insults for her explicit work.
Ardelean said to the Daily Star:
“I used to train at a gym when I started OF and I kept getting dirty looks. I even had a few messages from wives from guys in the gym saying ‘you are such a whatever’ and calling me names. They were afraid their husbands would subscribe.”
“I was forced to move gyms to avoid all this drama. In reality the only reason why I was doing OF was to be able to pay for my training, nutritionist and gym equipment every day.”
“I was just minding my own business but the hate was there. Some of the hate was nasty and women in the gym were complaining about me. It was just embarrassing. It was like, shut up, I am not here to take your man.”
“This is just my job and I’m not interfering with your job. It’s not my fault if your husband was on my OF or not.”
Her most recent two bouts were slated to take place for the EFC in South Africa and at the Battle Arena in Northampton. However, both bouts were cancelled as her opponents withdrew.
Ardelean will now face off for the EFC strawweight title in March. She is presently on a five win streak.
Ardelean suffered her last loss back in 2016 when she faced current UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili.
Ardelean went on to explain why she took up the sport. She said:
“I used to be bullied because I was a bit chubby. I started doing MMA about 12 years ago because the guys were a bit aggressive and I was scared somebody was going to hurt me.”
“It is really weird because some of my bullies have been sliding into my DMs which is funny. I’m now known in MMA all around the world and popular for having one of the biggest and roundest b**ties.”
Ardelean has an MMA record consisting of 6 wins and 5 losses. She’s 33 years old and currently competes at EFC.
**Note: Article not intended as endorsement or promotion of above mentioned athlete in anyway