Vanessa Demopoulos has a warning for anyone interviewing her after a win: She’s coming for you, and you better be ready to catch her.
With her wins recently, “Lil Monster” began to leap into the arms and embrace the person conducting the post-fight interview. First, it was longtime commentator Joe Rogan, who had the honor of catching Demopoulos as she celebrated her first UFC win at UFC 270. When Demopoulos won her second straight UFC win, she beat Jinh Yu Frey in June, Michael Bisping was forced to hold the diminutive fighter.
At UFC Vegas 65 this past Saturday, after Demopoulos notched another win with a decision nod over Maria Oliveira, Bisping caught Demopoulos again, and this time, she says he did a much better job.
“Bisping “kind of redeemed him a bit this last time,” Demopoulos stated on The MMA Hour .. “He went to go walk away and I was like, ‘Hey man, Round 2?'”
How did it compare to when she debuted the celebration with Rogan?
“Rogan’s cool, but Bisping did redeem himself,” Demopoulos said. He held me tight, and that was dope .”
Demopoulos’ signature move has generated plenty of buzz among MMA fans, along with the success she’s had since making her pro debut in 2017. The 34-year-old already has a Legacy Fighting Alliance title win under her belt, and she is now 3-0 in the UFC’s strawweight division.
She not only seeks more wins, but hopes to add to her list of post-fight party pals, which she thought would already include Paul Felder, who was also working the commentary desk this past Saturday at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
“Be mentally prepared,” Demopoulos warned. “I assumed Paul Felder would walk in there, because Bisping did it before. So I tried to close the circle. It was a bit like an Apple Watch when the ring is at the end. I tried to close it. Although I love Bisping, I was ready to leap into the arms of Paul Felder
Demopoulos targets a February date for her next fight, preferably on a card taking place outside of the UFC APEX where her past two bouts have taken place. Although she declined to name a particular opponent, she did promise that her win leaps will continue.
Even if the recipient is worried about getting sweat on their suits.
” Feel what you want, but I’m going jump in your arms,” Demopoulos stated. “You’re allowed to feel how you feel, but I’m jumping in your arms.”