Born in San Diego, Brittney recently returned to her roots as a California girl after twenty-two years growing up in Las Vegas. When she’s not traveling for work, she can be found cresting waves, hitting big air on the slopes, and even jumping out of airplanes. And when her adrenaline rush is quenched, she’s holed up in her studio listening to Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and many other classic rock and roll artists that inspires and drives her passion for art, painting the night away. Keep reading below for our recent interview with the charismatic and gorgeous Brittney Palmer.
How did you get into the world of MMA?
-I started as a ring card model when I was 20, working the boxing events at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. From there I was the Octagon Model for WEC, and when they merged with UFC I was part of the package.
What were you doing before you became an MMA ring girl and model?
-Right out of high school in Las Vegas, I started working in the modeling and entertainment industry in Vegas. I was working as a promotional model first, then as a magician's assistant before dancing in a burlesque show.
Who are your favorite MMA fighters?
-Urijah Faber, Kenny Florian, and Kurt Pellegrini.
What are the strangest and sweetest comments MMA fans have said to you?
-The strangest was someone asking if he could drink my bath water, and the sweetest was someone asking to drink my bath water!
With all the rumors about leaving UFC many including us are glad to know you are still with them and also following your artistic dreams at the same time. Do you have any news on when we might see you ring carding again or any new projects with the UFC coming up?
-I never left the UFC, but the rumors have been out of hand! My grams tells me to always be happy when there are rumors though, because that means people are thinking about you. Art school is something I've always wanted to do, and I'm so happy to be getting better and pursuing art. I'll be back cage side really soon.
How is art school going? Do you study or train for a specific style and what is your style or vision for your own art?
-School is going great! I taught myself to paint through Youtube videos, so I really wanted to get that platform and basic technique down to see how I would progress. I've been focusing on a lot of figure drawing and I think the progress has really showed!
Awhile back we read that you would pose for Playboy if they came calling. Has Hef and the bunny nation called yet?
-A lot of my fans have said that they want me to do it, and I'm not necessarily against it. I guess if it's meant to be, it'll happen!
What is something most people don't know about you?
-I started painting in middle school and literally covered the walls at home with my artwork. And that I have seven tattoos.
What are your hobbies and how do you spend your free time?
-I love to surf, workout, and rock out to Led Zeppelin. And I'm usually painting, either custom pieces that I'm commissioned to paint, or pieces of my collection that sell, or creating new pieces. I'm always covered in paint!
Are you single?
-While I don't like discussing my personal life, I can tell you that I don't have any time for dating because I'm so busy with school and painting and working with my partners like Gamma Labs and designing my apparel line Stone Free.
What do you look for in a guy?
-Confidence! There's nothing more attractive than a guy that knows what he wants and where he is in his life.
What are your turn-ons?
-I'm a creative person and I love seeing other people's creativity!
What are your turnoffs?
-I hate it when people are too afraid to go after what they want in life. Live every day like it's your last people!
What would you say is your best feature?
-Physically I hear it's my booty and hair. But I think I've got a rad personality!
What are your future plans or dreams in life?
-I'd love to continue on the path that I'm on. I've been very fortunate to have such a dedicated fan base that supports my art career. I'd love to keep doing this for as long as I can.
Any special shout outs or thank you's?
-Thanks to all my fans for being so supportive! I'm on Twitter and Facebook and you can check out my artwork and pick up my 2012 Swimsuit Calendar at http://brittneypalmer.com/.
Thank you very much to both Brittney and her manager for your time. Keep up all the great artwork and as big fans ourselves we are looking forward to your return to the octagon Brittney!