UFC Octagon Girl Designs UFC 213 Tee
UFC Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer has attended hundreds of weigh-ins over her 8-year career. But for Palmer, this week’s UFC 213 weigh-in will be different.
When the fighters take the stage, it’s Palmer’s design that they’ll be sporting on the UFC 213 Official Fighter Weigh-In tees.
“I’ve been waiting for something like this to happen ever since I moved to LA to go to art school,” says Palmer who can only describe the experience as “surreal.”
I’ve been waiting for something like this to happen ever since I moved to LA to go to art school.
Fans of the UFC know Palmer as one of the longest standing, most recognizable Octagon Girls.
She started her career with the WEC when she was just 19 years old and a professional dancer in Vegas at the time. When the WEC and UFC merged, she was brought over to the UFC where she’s now been an Octagon Girl for eight years.
“I was a huge UFC fan before I even started working with the company,” says Palmer.
“I always thought it was the most magnetic sport. I remember being in high school and watching my childhood boyfriend throw pillows at the television.
“To be able to be part of the company and see how fast it’s grown – and grow with it – makes me appreciate it even more than I already did,” says the Instagram celeb. Palmer has more than 1 million fans on the social platform.
“I started with UFC when the world of social media was really gaining steam. I was using Twitter and Facebook early on and talking with people who were talking about the sport. That’s really how I gained a fan base.”
For Palmer, it’s been support from this fan base that has helped her pursue her other passion: art.
“Since I was young, I had a natural talent and interest in art,” she says.
“I was a creative kid. But I grew up in Vegas, and there’s not as much of an art culture there, so being an artist just wasn’t something I saw as a realistic option for myself back then. That’s what led me to dance. I wanted to be in the big Vegas shows.”
Palmer’s plans took an unexpected turn, however, when she was in a car accident at the age of 21 that left her bedridden for almost three months.
“Suddenly not being able to express my creative outlet through dance, I started drawing and sketching and painting again,” she says
Palmer’s passion for art grew so much during this time that even once she was able to walk again, she opted to stick with art over dance and moved to LA to attend art school.
“Because of my UFC fan base, I’ve had this following to share and express my art with. It’s been so amazing and I know a lot of artists don’t have that opportunity so I’m so grateful,” says the Octagon Girl who would even pitch Dana White her ideas and designs.
And for UFC 213, Palmer is bringing one those ideas to life.
“When I got the call from Reebok about designing the tee for [UFC] 213, I was just so happy because this is what I’ve been working so hard for.”
“To combine my loves for UFC and art, and then to put it on a Reebok product – Reebok has collaborated with so many artists I look up to – it’s just such a gift and such a reward,” she explains.
To combine my loves for UFC and art, and then to put it on a Reebok product – Reebok has collaborated with so many artists I look up to – it’s just such a gift and such a reward.
So what came out when Palmer put pen (and paint) to paper?
“You always need one shirt for the red corner and one for the blue corner,” she says. “As an artist, I love color. That’s just my thing. So I really wanted to bring the red and the blue corners to life in my palette.”
“Each shirt is derived from an actual painting,” Palmer continues. “I actually pulled out a canvas and painted the red corner’s design on one canvas and the blue corner’s design on another.”
And this week, she’ll get to see those designs center stage in the lead up to one of the biggest fights of 2017.
“It’ll be pretty surreal to me to actually be at the event and see these shirts worn,” she says. "For me, that’s just all the different parts of my career really coming together and paying off.”
It’ll be pretty surreal to me to actually be at the event and see these shirts worn. For me, that’s just all the different parts of my career really coming together and paying off.