UFC ring girl, boyfriend arrested in domestic tiff

May 29, 2012

A UFC ring girl and her boyfriend have a date before a Las Vegas judge after their arrests in what police say was a domestic scuffle that left broken glass on the floor of their posh Las Vegas Strip hotel room.

Arianny Lopez, 26, of Las Vegas, and Praveen Chandra, 34, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., each was arrested on a misdemeanor battery domestic violence charge after police were called at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday to their room at the Wynn Las Vegas casino resort, according to a Las Vegas police report released Tuesday.

Neither was badly hurt or sought hospital treatment.

Lopez has modeled for magazines including Playboy under the name Arianny Celeste, and has been a UFC ring girl since 2006.

She told police she threw a glass vase at Chandra in a struggle to get away from him. The throw missed.

Lopez accused Chandra of choking her and squeezing her arm during an argument that started in a limousine on the way to their hotel room, police said. Lopez cut her foot stepping on broken glass.

Chandra claimed Lopez kicked him in the face during a struggle for his cellphone in the limousine, and police reported Chandra had swelling on his face near his nose.

Chandra told police he video-recorded Lopez crying and yelling during an argument in the room about Chandra text-messaging other women. The loud argument ended when a hotel employee arrived at the door.

Lopez and Chandra were freed on unspecified bail pending Friday’s court appearances before a justice of the peace. It was not immediately clear if either had a lawyer.

The charges could get each up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and mandatory domestic violence counseling.

Source: SF Gate