Meet UFC Octagon Girl Red Dela Cruz
Red Dela Cruz hails from Quezon City, Philippines. The 25-year-old model earned her top spot in the leading MMA promotion three years ago in Manila, where she became the winner of the first UFC Octagon Girl Search in Asia.
“There were hundreds of girls that submitted their profiles online. Only twenty were called out on the day of the audition,” Dela Cruz told FIGHTMAG. “In the end, I was one of the top 5, and received the highest votes.”
Red Dela Cruz currently resides in Sydney, NSW where she studies finance and works as a model. Her appearance at the UFC events includes dozens of shows held in such countries as Japan, Singapore, Korea and of course Philippines and Australia.
Being back from UFC International Fight Week held in Las Vegas, NV earlier this month, Dela Cruz highly anticipates an upcoming event in China this November, as well as the Fight Night Adelaide scheduled for December 2.
“We Octagon Girls have the best seats in the house. And I also love the fact that I get to travel around the Globe, meet new people, new experience.”
Talking her ultimate goal in life, she outlines a successful career “whether in modeling, UFC or finance”. “And of course [to] have kids one day, and be a wife.”
Red Dela Cruz at the 2018 Asia MMA Awards
Ahead of the UFC events scheduled for the last two months of 2018, Red Dela Cruz is featured on the list of Top 5 nominees for the Ring Girl of the Year at the 2018 Asia MMA Awards. The event is held in Hong Kong on September 14.
Dela Cruz is the only UFC Octagon Girl in the poll, competing against Lee Ji Na and Siena of ONE Championship, Lim Ji Woo of Road FC, and Nithima Attasophonwatthana of Full Metal Dojo. She represents Philippines, the country known globally thanks to such talent in combat sports as Manny Pacquiao and Ole Laursen, just to name a couple.
“I do represent my birth place. It is important for me because it is my home country and I am proud of it. And this is were my family lives too.”
The winner is elected by a simple fan voting available at The Fight Nation website.