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Media Assault of the Day: Rachelle Leah’s Playboy Push

(Daniel Craig interview? This is big news!)

As you probably already know, Rachelle Leah, former Octagon girl and current host of UFC All Access, appears on the cover of November’s Playboy. This isn’t related to the sport of MMA in any real way, but it’s an excuse to plaster her picture all over the place so no one is really complaining. Except there’s something weird going on here.

Below are excerpts from a Yahoo! MMA story on Leah, a story on her, and the official press release from Playboy. Two of those organizations are expected to shamelessly push this story on us. One is…not expected to do that. See if you can tell which is which without cheating:

Excerpt A:

Rachelle was an ordinary Las Vegas girl, studying to be a paramedic while doing some modeling on the side when her photo was taken at a boxing match and posted on the web. Soon after, that photo was discovered by the UFC and she was gracefully strutting around the 8-sided cage as an official Octagon Girl.

Despite promising never to climb into The Octagon for a match herself, Rachelle admits to being attracted to the kind of raw energy and excitement found at a UFC fight. “Any extreme sport is pretty much up my alley,” explains Rachelle. “I like to dirt-bike. I wakeboard in the summer. I snowboard in the winter. I skateboard—I do it all.”

Excerpt B:

Yeah, she’s Playboy’s November cover girl, which will hit newsstands on Friday. She was the UFC’s most popular octagon girl and she just signed a deal as a spokesmodel with Anheuser-Busch. While none of those jobs require a degree from Harvard, it’s selling Leah short to believe she’s making a living solely from her looks.

She is brash and thoughtful and introspective and witty and plenty crafty. She uses her share of coarse language, her conversation invariably turns to sports and, most significantly, guys, she loves – absolutely loves – mixed martial arts.

Excerpt C:

Playboy is a big deal, and has been home to pictorials from the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Pamela Anderson to Cindy Crawford and Kim Kardashian. So when the offer to appear in the magazine (and on the cover) was presented to the 24-year old model and actress, it was something that she took very seriously.

“The main reason I did it was because to be on the cover of Playboy is a huge honor,” she said. “And I’m open-minded; I’m not the type of girl that’s like ‘oh my God, you should never be nude.’ But I am the type of girl that says you should never be nude if it’s not done right, and I knew that it was going to be done right.”

Give up? Answer key is after the jump.

A: Playboy official press release
B: Yahoo! MMA story
C: article

So what’s the point, you ask? Nothing. Just seems interesting that while there are two companies that are poised to benefit from a UFC spokesmodel appearing in Playboy, there are three very similar fluff pieces written about it.

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Jugger- October 15, 2008 at 5:54 pm
I'd like to volunteer to do Ariani's fluff piece. And by "do" I mean, "do."
Kevin Iole fan club member #483- October 15, 2008 at 5:21 pm
What was Yahoo supposed to do? Convince Rachelle Leah to do an interview, and then write a hard hitting piece critical of everything she stands for?

Like it or not, she is a part of the MMA community. She hosts MMA related shows, and is the subject of a LOT of discussion within the MMA community online. Many outlets cover non-fighter related, semi-MMA stories, and most of those are fluff pieces. How many fluff pieces have been written about Big John McCarthy, for fuck's sake?!

Everyone loves to nail Iole as a mouthpiece of the UFC, but that is just because he is one member of the MMA media they give access to, since he has a respected history as a boxing reporter, and he actually understands MMA (unlike other boxing-reporters-turned-MMA-journalists). If that is the broader point you are trying to make, well... I remember a huge fluff piece Iole wrote just a couple months back on Jay Larkin. He isn't a fighter, and he was trying to save the IFL at the time, a UFC competitor.

If you want to find hack writers who refuse to disclose inappropriate business relationships that compromise their credibility, look no further than your WAMMA butt buddy, Sam Caplan. A man who taken concurrent paychecks from Pro Elite, CBS, and WAMMA, while still claiming that he is a credible and objective news source every time he tries to pick apart UFC events. Still, even Caplan has a few interesting things to say from time to time. But I'm sure if he were to interview Rachelle Leah it would be a fluff piece, as well. It would just be followed by his mandatory complaining about the UFC's onscreen graphics during "All Access", or some other pedantic measure to try and take the UFC down a notch.

I like Kevin Iole's fluff pieces, and if they involve Rachell Leah...well...all the better!
Billy Bad Ass- October 15, 2008 at 2:52 pm
When the fuck is this "show" UFC All Access on?
jean guy latapette- October 15, 2008 at 2:47 pm
>and has been home to pictorials from the likes of Marilyn Monroe
>and Pamela Anderson to Cindy Crawford and Kim Kardashian.

Who the fuck puts that fat assed, thick eyebrowed arab goat face in the list with the other women? A third rate Paris Hilton disciple who gained fame for fucking some even less known black dude. is it really a celeb tape if no one fucking knew who you were when it came out?
And for you kiddies, Pam used to be quite good looking when she first posed for playboy, not the time ravaged leatherfaced cartoon she is now.

I'll definitely honor Rachelle's appearance 4-5 times at least.
Let's hope in one of the pictures her mouth is slightly open...

>So these comments got pretty weird pretty fast.
She's posing in a magazine that is used as mental fodder for masturbation and you somehow sound surprised?

>that cover looks awful! WAY over airbrushed, imo…
Playboy? over airbrushed? that's unimpossible.

>when my mum was eaten by racoon named jiblets i turned gay
no fucking idea what this means buts its fucking brilliant mate.
best comment evar.
Aaron- October 15, 2008 at 2:34 pm
â??The main reason I did it was because to be on the cover of Playboy is a huge honor,â??

I always laugh my ass off when girls think about Playboy like that. All she's doing is posing nude for millions of strangers to jerk off to.
Dusty- October 15, 2008 at 1:37 pm
These all made me laugh but this one made me roll!!!

krakavelli Says:

October 15th, 2008 at 8:29 pm
Break out the spankerchief and the bottle of Jergens (with Aloe) -
And like big John would say….. let’s get it on!
Its that Brit Kid- October 15, 2008 at 1:19 pm
The ginger pubes comments again coming from that weird British Kid who thinks Americans understand his weird disses and jokes. He needs to be banned...
Rich S.- October 15, 2008 at 4:41 am



you guys are weird..

i thought the "plaster the pages of that issue" comment was pretty funny..

but seriously, this dude over here's talkin' bout goin' gay after his ginger-pube-clad mom was eaten by a damn racoon..

i love this website..
ufc fan- October 15, 2008 at 3:38 am
we burried her ginger pubes cos thats all that was left
ufc fan- October 15, 2008 at 3:37 am
when my mum was eaten by racoon named jiblets i turned gay
the glza- October 15, 2008 at 3:16 am
that cover looks awful! WAY over airbrushed, imo...
ossBASHA- October 15, 2008 at 3:05 am
Got all of them right :)
Do I win a free t-shirt?
Dota- October 15, 2008 at 2:53 am
So these comments got pretty weird pretty fast.
Dru Down- October 15, 2008 at 2:44 am
I'm going to rub my dick long as its tasteful.
krakavelli- October 15, 2008 at 2:29 am
Break out the spankerchief and the bottle of Jergens (with Aloe) -
And like big John would say..... let's get it on!
cindy mccain- October 15, 2008 at 2:20 am
where'd i put my pills?
Scott Peterman- October 15, 2008 at 2:16 am
I wouldn't push her out of the boat for eating cookies in bed.
Mike- October 15, 2008 at 12:45 am
Why are you surprised they're all puff pieces? She's a fuckin' model. Are you expecting her to expound on how she'll rescue Wall Street while balancing the budget?
Dex- October 15, 2008 at 12:41 am
I'm confused, all 3 of those Orgs have an intrest in pushing this story. Yahoo is involved with the UFC via PPVs, and Playboy is wanting to sell magazines that happen to have a UFC girl on the cover. All are going to shill. It's ok, it's capitalism baby yeah!
Steve T.- October 15, 2008 at 12:22 am
Sounds like someone's jealous they're not the ones who got to interview Rachelle.
Anonymous- October 15, 2008 at 12:12 am
I'm sure Yahoo! gets as many hits from pics of hot chicks as CP does.
Patrick Bateman- October 14, 2008 at 10:54 pm
I wonder what her head would look like on a stick.......
to lazy to read- October 14, 2008 at 10:45 pm
i cant wait to plaster the pages of that issue.