A couple of weeks ago, UFC president Dana White sent out a message via his Twitter account asking if fans wanted to see former Octagon girl Brittney Palmer back with the promotion.
Within minutes, White had his answer and he responded in kind saying that Palmer would be returning to the organization.
Well, technically she never really left.
Palmer, who was with the WEC before moving over the UFC when the promotions merged, was a mainstay along with fellow Octagon girls Arianny Celeste and Chandella Powell, but she decided to take a break from the sport to focus on her another passion she developed over the years.
Palmer decided to enroll full time in art school in California, and she knew that to focus on her studies meant taking a step back from her duties with the UFC.
But when White’s message went out over the internet, Palmer was flooded with messages welcoming her back to the UFC, and she couldn’t help but be a bit overwhelmed.
“It was just as a shock to me as it was to everyone. I just woke up to a couple thousand new followers, and all these things and I’m like where is this coming from? Then I saw Dana’s tweet and I was just like hell yeah, rock and roll,” Palmer told MMAWeekly Radio.
“I’m so excited and so stoked to be back, but I never really went anywhere. I was just kind of taking a break to go to school, and I just didn’t have time to start school and take every class seriously and travel, so I knew I’d be back, I just wasn’t exactly sure when. I guess sooner than later.”
Palmer’s attention will still be on her art and school because it’s something she’s very passionate about pursuing, and loves doing.
“It’s so amazing, I love it. Studying art itself and art history, just everything, it changes who I am as a person and the way I look at things, and the way I look at people,” Palmer said. “It’s the most amazing experience I’ve ever had and I’ve never felt more grounded and more fulfilled in my whole life. It’s paying off.”
For all the fame and attention that she’s received as a model and Octagon girl, Palmer is most proud of the accomplishments she’s making in her art, but she still loves what she does at the UFC.
“It’s so flattering. At the end of the day, I’m an Octagon girl, I hold the card and that’s what I thought. Then everyone kind of reached out and didn’t want me to go, and it was such a big reaction, it’s flattering,” said Palmer.
“It’s cool to think even though I’m just the girl that holds the card, I have as many fans as I do. I feel blessed.”
While no return date has been set for Palmer’s return to the UFC, she’s hopeful to be back holding the cards in just a couple of weeks when the promotion lands back in Toronto.
“I don’t know, maybe the Toronto fight. Because I’ll be there anyway for my clothing line,” Palmer revealed.
Whenever she returns, Palmer will likely be greeted by a loud ovation from the fans who are happy to see her back in the UFC.