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I was a stripper who choked out punters when they didn’t pay – now I’m a UFC star chasing world title dream

I was a stripper who choked out punters when they didn’t pay – now I’m a UFC star chasing world title dream

UFC star Vanessa Demopoulos utilized her mixed martial arts abilities to choke out rowdy clients throughout her days as a stripper.

‘Lil Monster’ has actually won 4 of her previous 5 battles ahead of a strawweight clash with Emily Ducote at UFC Vegas 92 on Saturday night.

Demopoulos has become a fan favourite in recent years


Demopoulos has actually ended up being a fan favourite recentlyCredit: Getty

During her current run of excellent type, Demopoulos has actually won a legion of brand-new fans with her excitable character and signature event.

Demopoulos has actually gone viral by delving into the arms of UFC analysts Joe Rogan, Daniel Cormier and Michael Bisping before post-fight interviews.  

However, it’s been a long roadway to get to this point for the 35-year-old who just stopped removing to focus totally on accomplishing her objectives in 2022.  

“I’ve always been a tough cookie,” Demopoulos informed in May 2023.

“I used to fight a lot when I was in school and I actually got kicked out of a lot of schools for fighting when I was young.

“When I turned 18, I started dancing as a stripper, as a pole dancer, and then someone saw me in the club and said, ‘If you put that same skill that you put towards pole dancing into fighting, you might do something with it.’

“So, I was like, ‘Cool. Teach me how to fight.’ That was when I was 21 years old, and I never looked back. I loved it! 

While juggling the two careers wasn’t always easy, Demopoulos claims her MMA skills came in handy when unsuspecting customers tried to steal from her.

She is known for her signature celebration


She is known for her signature celebrationCredit: Getty
As well as her long career as an exotic dancer


As well as her long career as an exotic dancerCredit: @lilmonsterdemo – instagram

She added with a chuckle: “I’ve had to choke a couple of guys unconscious at work, you know.”

“They would try to run off on me without paying me or something and didn’t know they were messing with the wrong chick. They’d end up waking up and politely giving me my money.

“That was really cool. So, I doubled up as a bouncer at work. The bouncers said they didn’t have to worry about me because I was gonna handle my business.”

Demopoulos took a significant threat leaving a financially rewarding profession to concentrate on mixed martial arts, however it’s settled and now she’s wanting to climb up the 115lb department, which is presently ruled over by Weili Zhang.

“This is my dream and I get to chase them now. I didn’t have the monetary methods at the time when I left and I was actually terrified, truthfully,” Demopoulos said.

“I thought in myself, and I trusted my skillset. I trusted myself and I understood that I was going to have the ability to make something of this. I didn’t wish to divide my effort any longer.

“One day I will be the champ and I’m working towards that. I understand that in my heart, in my soul. I work for that each and every single day. This is all I think of.”


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