The beautiful Rachelle Leah, UFC Octagon Girl and Current Host for Spike's UFC All Access, sits down for a sexy chat with Spike.com about her experience with Playboy, her work with the UFC, future plans and more. Hit the jump for all the juicy details and plenty of hot pics.
SP: Was this your first time being fully nude in front of the camera?
SP: Can you explain what that experience was like?
RL: It was very nerve racking. Being naked in a room full of people, strangers, who are all fully clothed is definitely a weird feeling that I think would make any girl nervous. But the crew was so great, they were all so professional and we loosened up with a little champagne and really captured the moment beautifully. The shoot came out really well; Playboy is very classy and it turned out to be such a fantastic experience.
SP: So would you say this is something you would do again if given the opportunity?
RL: Oh, yes, definitely. I had so much fun.
SP: Can you compare this one to other shoots you've done?
RL: It doesn't compare at all. These were the most professional people I've ever worked with. It was so much better than any other shoot I've done.
SP: How has the UFC changed your life?
RL: Oh my God, before the UFC I was doing small modeling shows in Vegas, and that really isn't the ideal spot for that so when the UFC came along and made me an Octagon Girl, it completely transformed my life. I began hosting my own television show, which gets great ratings, I've been in a movie, which we just finished shooting for and now I'm on the cover of Playboy, which I'm in the process of promoting. The movie was a lot of fun, I'm cast as the lead role and I learned an incredible amount so it was really an awesome experience.
SP: When did you decide you wanted to be a model?
RL: Well I never really wanted to be a model, in fact I still don't think of myself as a model so thank you for saying that . I just wanted to be an entertainer and I think I wanted to get into the business at a pretty young age. For a while though, I thought I wanted to get into medicine, so I was studying that and doing some modeling on the side. The medicine was fun and all, but I just decided I was going to throw everything I had into this and see what happened. You know, just give my all for a couple of years and try to make something of it. Now here I am -I think it's six years later- and I'm promoting the cover of Playboy.
SP: You've done so much with your career already, you've been in several magazines, now including Playboy, you've been on TV as well as the movies, so what's next for you?
RL: More of it! I want to continue hosting; I love that. I want to get more involved in movies, I loved doing the movie so much and I definitely want to do more of that. I would say anything that comes my way I am willing to try. I'm so open-minded that the sky is the limit for what I'd like to do. One thing inspires me to do another.
SP: Were you nervous the first time you had a photo shoot?
RL: Oh, let me try and think back to my first shoot. It was actually a head and body shoot that I needed to get done so I could send it to people and I wasn't nervous at all. I love the camera. Ever since I've been a little girl, I've always loved to be in front of the camera.
SP: How about the first time you ever carried the cards at a UFC fight?
RL: Oh, that was very different. I was very nervous for that. Those outfits are pretty skimpy, so being in front of all those people was nerve racking, but the UFC has always been really great about treating us well and making sure everything we do is classy. I've always appreciated that about them, so they made it a lot easier for me. I remember thinking, 'Wow, I can't believe I'm getting paid to sit and watch these fights. This is amazing.'
SP: Have you ever trained in any kind of martial art?
RL: Actually, yeah. When I was in 3rd grade, I took up judo and I even competed a few times. I gave it up though, after this belt tournament -a tournament where you can move up in belt ranking- and I got slammed pretty hard. I got slammed really hard. Right on my neck. You could even hear it on the camera, my neck popped and my mom was cringing. After that I said, 'I've had enough of this' and that was it for the judo. I just concentrated on gymnastics, which took up a lot of time. I still get my fix, though; about four times a week I train with Ron Frazier, Forrest Griffin's boxing coach.
SP: Do you have a favorite memory from the UFC, or something that stands out in your mind above other things?
RL: I would have to say, the day they offered me the hosting job for UFC All Access. That was pretty awesome.
SP: Can you explain the transition from being an Octagon Girl into working as a host on UFC All Access?
RL: It was pretty amazing. I mean, one day I'm at work walking around the cage as an Octagon Girl and the next, I'm hosting my own show. I get to be creative and find new ways to express myself. I really feel like a television show is a work of art and the people I work with on the show are amazing, they're all so professional and so good at what they do. It's such a unique show in the way it portrays a fighter's life. You know, it goes into the fighting but it also shows everything behind the fight; what's going on in his life, how he trains, how he eats. It's really great that we can get all that stuff out there for people to see and to better understand this sport.
SP: Where is the coolest place you've ever traveled?
RL: I would have to say Iraq. We were on a goodwill tour out there and it just a totally life changing experience, very humbling. It really makes you thankful for what we have here.
SP: That's all I have, thank you for talking with us.
RL: No problem.