Krystle – Would a model Rose by any other name smell as sweet?

A little Shakespearean gymnastics for you MMA heathens in the Title. But first a little stage direction.

Enter Krystle Rose –  Freelance model, Diva D.J. and 33.3% of former Girl band  The Fallen Femmes


One of the more enjoyable aspects of covering the various promotions involved with Mixed Martial Arts are the cast of characters and industries that often intertwine with a big fight night production. And amongst that supporting cast of characters comes undoubtedly the world of modelling.

In the UFC and I am not joking when I say this, the cast of Ring Girls and models involved with the organisation, probably to a woman, have a higher social media following than the vast majority of fighters. Don’t believe me?. Pick out any one of the UFC ring girls from the website and check out their Twitter and Instagram numbers. Now check against one of your favorite fighters. Surprised?. I was initially but then beauty is a beast of an opponent in the Octagon of Social media.

Krystle Rose is an Irish Freelance model who has worked on assignment at a number of Sporting events most recently covering exhibition events for Darts Superstar Phil Taylor and another for 2016 World champ Gary Anderson. She admitted that she would love to cover MMA events and has turned her attention in this direction along with the Fitness and health markets.

Krystle is a relative newbie to modelling having only started two years ago.

I was approached out of the blue by an online shopping company to model their clothes. They must have come across my personal social media. The great thing was that i had previously bought from this company. So it was a great fit for my first gig

I was curious to find out if she saw a thread linking her previous incarnations as band member and DJ

I have a real need to perform and express myself . It’s not about what I perform or the location it’s more about the adrenaline i get from it!  – I suppose it is like an Alter Ego 

Freelance Modelling is not for the fainted-hearted and Krystle is Freelance in all aspects she handles her own bookings, photographers, travelling , collaboration with other models and of course the relentless social media aspect of this particular Industry.

She entered an Irish modelling competition at the Wright Venue in Dublin last year and while she didn’t win it she met a plethora of other industry people that was enough to really kick start her into 2017.

‘ I got to meet other aspiring models, Producers and photographers. We all added each other on social media and various groups’

It’s very interesting to hear her talk about how the dynamic between photographers and models works when one or both are on the way up the ladder. I mean photographers and models quite obviously need each other but in terms of both building up Portfolios and Profiles a lot of the trade between them is done in the form of what is called TFP. Time for Prints. Basically it is a bartering system

What Time for Prints involves is the models Time in exchange for the photographers prints. So the photographer can use the prints to build up his Portfolio or for a different look he is going for and the model has full copyright of the prints and can use them is any way she see’s fits also

Most recently she has been working with the Irish brand RnR Fits, a fitness range of clothing. All photos featured here are from that burgeoning brand. The Fitness apparel market is a huge one and an important one for models to break into. That it ties in nicely with her natural inclination to model around sporting events is a bonus.

This is probably a good time to introduce the fact that Krystle Rose has graduated from the University of Limerick with a Master’s Degree in the Science of psychology.  I don’t know why it continues to surprise me when i find that models are highly educated . As all personal evidence to date indicates as a profession the majority in the Irish Industry are university educated, sharp as fuck and great business people.

Anyway  i digress!  ‘ The Psychology of Health and fitness’  was a module of Krystle’s Master’s degree that she feels has relevance to her day to day work and what she may have planned for the future.

To that end Krystle has started to run workshops to aspiring models who are thinking of entering the freelance modelling world. The traditional route into modelling via Agencies isn’t the only one anymore. She has built a huge list of contacts not just from her modelling career but also from her previous work as Diva D.J and part of the Fallen Femmes. Her Workshops cover everything that the aspiring model or Selfie sensation needs to grasp and grasp quickly in the modelling industry.

From what range of healthy tanning cosmetics to use, how to build contacts, how to ensure your personal safety, how to professionally deal with different types of clients and how to manage and build your social media brand.

The clinics to date have been a resounding success.

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The Big Winners from BAMMA30

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The only let down with BAMMA30 last night in the 3 Arena was the main event – Philpott Vs Walsh. It brought a somewhat anti-climactic finish to what was an otherwise excellent card. If you haven’t already heard, the bout was ruled a no contest due to Philpott’s Illegal kick to Shay Walsh’s head while he was still on the ground trying to get up.

Philpott has only himself to blame for this one as with a little patience I believe he would have finished the fight inside the next 30 seconds. He was absolutely killing Walsh in that torrid 1st round. The two have been engaged in a war of words since the controversial finish as it has subsequently turned out that Walsh has suffered a broken jaw from the illegal blow and will be no doubt out of action for a long time to come.

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Paul ‘Redser’ Redmond defeated C4 Sinclair in the other Co-main event slot and I have to say that Redser looked very, very good in this one. C4 is a BAMMA legend but the Knee Bar finish by Redmond in the 2nd showed his ability to recognise an opportunity and implement the appropriate finish quickly. He has to be in line for a title shot after that and C4 after announcing his retirement in the ring by throwing his gloves on the floor said as much in his interview afterwards

Fabian Edwards for me was the most impressive fighter on show last night. In fact i’d congratulate Aaron Kennedy for actually making it into the second round. Fabian has a combination of speed and power that looked just different class here last night. He also showed his repertoire of skills by getting the submission finish.

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Interviewed afterwards ‘The Assassin’ sounded a little downbeat. He was I think miffed that he made a few mistakes that meant he didn’t get that first round finish he predicted. This is a kid in a hurry , maybe a little too much so, and the only word of caution i’d issue here is possibly skip that September BAMMA card and go again in the November Bellator/BAMMA offering. This is a minor quibble and I would be very surprised if Fabian Edwards isn’t in the UFC inside of 12 months. He’s that good.

Other Big winners on the night for me were Blaine O’Driscoll and Richard Kiely. Blaine has an all action style and got the submission in the second round. It took a little bit of work to get that rear naked choke but he worked the position and and eventually the finish. He is a work in progress but progressing definitely in the Right direction. It was Interesting to note, that as far as i could tell, his fight had the highest viewing figures on the Unilad Stream so it would seem he also has a quite a fan base. Definitely the streaming figures dropped by 2,500 to 3,500 in the subsequent fights.

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There was a war of words and feet between Daniel Olejniczak and Richard Kiely in the run up to their bout that even managed to seep out into the mainstream press. Richie is not shy about saying that he is the Face of BAMMA and the people’s main event. So it is fair to say that he had lumped a fair amount of pressure on himself in the lead up to this Welterweight bout but boy did he deliver in style with a clinical finish in the second round. The combination of Patience and devastating speed to set up the finish will I am sure have pleased his coach John Kavanagh.

In the 1st round both fighters were feeling each other out with not a huge amount in the way of action however Richie set up the finish with a beautiful straight left which knocked his opponent to the ground and hammer-fisted away until the Referee could jump and save Daniel from further punishment. That means Kiely is now 2-0 in his BAMMA career and he will be definitely looking for a shot at the Welterweight title very soon if not his next fight.

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Fabian Edwards – I’m Gonna Knock him out early and go out and meet some Irish Girls!

It’s often instructive when interviewing a fighter to start with their ring name. Often times it’s gimmicky and bears no resemblence to the man or their ring craft but in the case of Middleweight Fabian ‘The Assassin’ Edwards it bears up to the scrutiny thus far in his career.

‘ I take people out clean and quick like an Assassin. Simple’ he explains

‘ One of the things i’ve been happy about in my career both as an amateur and professional is that my finishes have never been dirty or awkward. Always Quick. Alway Clean.’

Irish Featherweight Andy Murphy had pointed out to me that there is a lot of hype surrounding this kid. I mean he’s very high up the main event card in only his 2nd gig as a professional. Some of this has to do with his meteoric rise through the amateur and paid ranks no doubt but also I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that his brother is rising UFC welterweight Leon Edwards.

Fabian is starting to make his own waves in fairness and has a near perfect amateur MMA record. 10 fights 9 Finishes. He is a little over 2 years in the sport from that first day walking into the Ultimate Training centre in Birmingham. In line with his ring name and avatar everything so far has been quick and clean.

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Speaking to Fabian it’s clear he is a fighter in a hurry. That Bellator debut was a little over 5 weeks ago and he plans to fight again quickly after Friday’s night bout.

‘ I have already asked them (BAMMA) for the fucking September Card!. They want me to maybe rest up until November but I don’t see the point in resting if your fit and healthy. 1 Week off and then 8 weeks training camp. Then Fight’

And what of Friday nights opponent Aaron Kennedy? Does he foresee any problems there?

‘To be honest i can’t see it going past the 1st round. He doesn’t show anything i haven’t seen before. He’s average in all areas. He wouldn’t be on my radar at all and i don’t think much of him’

I was asking Fabian if it’s his first time to Dublin

‘ Yeah it’s my first time to Dublin, it’s my first time outside of the U.K. to be honest’

When I was talking to him,  he and his team had just checked into the Green Isle Hotel in Dublin and admitted he was looking forward to hopefully having a look around the city centre today before possibly taking a look at the venue – the 3 Arena.

Fabian admits it will be his 1st time fighting in front of such a huge crowd but says

‘ It doesn’t bother me at all – it will help me focus more. I don’t know if Kennedy will be able to make it out of the dressing rooms though!’

Fabian doesn’t have time for much else in his life at the moment other than training 3 times a day and getting in the ring to Fight.

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‘ Training and fighting is all I’m focused on. I train 3 times a day. I’m a qualified carpenter but I don’t know the last time I picked up something’

Edwards has been dedicated full-time to his career since his 6th amateur fight and is grateful to the support he has received from his sponsors and also his management All Mighty Fight Management.

It’s hard not to like this kid i have to admit. He is very upbeat, quotable and talks a mile a minute. You can tell he is a guy in a hurry to get to the places his brother has already reached. To that end his brother Leon will be his corner man on Friday night along with his Long time friend Keith

‘ Leon brings his experience and it’s great to have him in the corner. If he see’s me doing some thing wrong he’ll be quick to say ‘ What the fuck you doing’. He will be more on my case because he has that bit more passion for me because we’re family’

Finally I cheekily asked had he any female distractions in his life or if he might sample some of Dublin’s famous nightlife and hospitality.

‘ Yeah man. I’m hoping to see a little bit afterwards. I’m gonna knock this guy out early and go out and meet some Irish Girls!

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Meet Judy Fitzgerald – The BAMMA BELLE who packs quite the punch

Have you ever wondered where the UFC , Bellator and BAMMA source the beautiful women who work the ring ? Is it a full-time gig ? At what stage of an event do they get called in ?

These are the things that keep me up at night folks so i thought i’d go investigate and was lucky enough to find Judy Fitzgerald BAMMA 26 Ring girl who I am sure will also fill our screens and the 3 Arena during the July 7 BAMMA 30 event.

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A Short Bio of Judy’s modelling career is called for at this point. Her career was kick started when she won the Miss Bikini Ireland contest in 2014. This brought her to prominence in newspapers, magazines, brand photo calls and modelling work has flowed ever since. She is currently signed with Assets modelling agency.

This would keep a mere mortal busy enough but Judy is also a qualified nurse and still works in this area part-time. To our overseas friends to get into a degree nursing course in Ireland requires a high level of academic achievement due to the demand outstripping the supply. So with this Limerick lady it is a case of brains meeting beauty.

At the moment Judy is commuting between her home in Limerick on the west coast and her modelling work in Dublin on the east coast but she is hoping shortly to move permanently to Dublin.

She tells a fascinating tale of what goes on behind the scene’s at a big event like BAMMA 26 and it certainly involves more than parading around the ring at the interval between rounds

First up she is on call for all events in the lead up to the actual fight itself. In this case that could involve the Fight Announcement, Weigh-ins or pre-fight press conferences.

BAMMA being one of the bigger MMA promotions in the world have huge social media output in the run up to fight’s and the Ring girls would also be involved in promoting the event through their own social media channels when there might be Interviews released or social media content released promoting the event.

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From talking to Judy she loves this type of event work and has recently hosted at Conor Mcgregor Events thrown by BAMMA before his Title fight against Eddie Alvarez in the Red Cow and Green Isle Hotels. She loves the buzz around MMA and is a huge Conor Mcgregor fan herself.

Her work with BAMMA has seen her appear on TV as a BAMMA BELLE (Spike TV, MMA TV and Channel 5 not mention streaming on numerous YouTube channels.

Photography by Thomas Moore and Ricardo Guglieminotti

Biography:

Judy Fitzgerald is an Irish model who became nationally recognised after winning the Miss Bikini Ireland model search. She went on to represent Ireland in the world finals of Miss Swimsuit International, in Cancun, which is renowned for being the world’s largest bikini model search. She competed against contestants from 80 other countries. Judy is a high profile model who has worked with the world’s leading photographers and featured in many national and international publications. She has attended many many high profile events including New York Fashion Week, the Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco Grand Prix and Wimbledon to name but a few. Judy is also an actress who has worked on a variety of TV ventures, TV shows and commercials. She has also worked as a judge and host at various beauty pageants and social events. She is part of one of the biggest MMA companies in the world BAMMA, appearing on national television as a BAMMA Belle.

Meet Judy Fitzgerald – The BAMMA BELLE who packs quite the punch

Have you ever wondered where the UFC , Bellator and BAMMA source the beautiful women who work the ring ? Is it a full-time gig ? At what stage of an event do they get called in ?

These are the things that keep me up at night folks so i thought i’d go investigate and was lucky enough to find Judy Fitzgerald BAMMA 26 Ring girl who I am sure will also fill our screens and the 3 Arena during the July 7 BAMMA 30 event.

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A Short Bio of Judy’s modelling career is called for at this point. Her career was kick started when she won the Miss Bikini Ireland contest in 2014. This brought her to prominence in newspapers, magazines, brand photo calls and modelling work has flowed ever since. She is currently signed with Assets modelling agency.

This would keep a mere mortal busy enough but Judy is also a qualified nurse and still works in this area part-time. To our overseas friends to get into a degree nursing course in Ireland requires a high level of academic achievement due to the demand outstripping the supply. So with this Limerick lady it is a case of brains meeting beauty.

At the moment Judy is commuting between her home in Limerick on the west coast and her modelling work in Dublin on the east coast but she is hoping shortly to move permanently to Dublin.

She tells a fascinating tale of what goes on behind the scene’s at a big event like BAMMA 26 and it certainly involves more than parading around the ring at the interval between rounds

First up she is on call for all events in the lead up to the actual fight itself. In this case that could involve the Fight Announcement, Weigh-ins or pre-fight press conferences.

BAMMA being one of the bigger MMA promotions in the world have huge social media output in the run up to fight’s and the Ring girls would also be involved in promoting the event through their own social media channels when there might be Interviews released or social media content released promoting the event.

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From talking to Judy she loves this type of event work and has recently hosted at Conor Mcgregor Events thrown by BAMMA before his Title fight against Eddie Alvarez in the Red Cow and Green Isle Hotels. She loves the buzz around MMA and is a huge Conor Mcgregor fan herself.

Her work with BAMMA has seen her appear on TV as a BAMMA BELLE (Spike TV, MMA TV and Channel 5 not mention streaming on numerous YouTube channels.

Photography by Thomas Moore and Ricardo Guglieminotti

Biography:

Judy Fitzgerald is an Irish model who became nationally recognised after winning the Miss Bikini Ireland model search. She went on to represent Ireland in the world finals of Miss Swimsuit International, in Cancun, which is renowned for being the world’s largest bikini model search. She competed against contestants from 80 other countries. Judy is a high profile model who has worked with the world’s leading photographers and featured in many national and international publications. She has attended many many high profile events including New York Fashion Week, the Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco Grand Prix and Wimbledon to name but a few. Judy is also an actress who has worked on a variety of TV ventures, TV shows and commercials. She has also worked as a judge and host at various beauty pageants and social events. She is part of one of the biggest MMA companies in the world BAMMA, appearing on national television as a BAMMA Belle.