A UFC strawweight says she quit her full-time job as a stripper to focus on MMA, and it was the scariest thing she's done

Vanessa Demopoulos is one of the newest stars in the UFC after a winning performance Saturday

Demopoulos left a 15-year career as a stripper to focus full-time on mixed martial arts

She said it was one of the scariest things she's ever done

33-year-old UFC strawweight Vanessa Demopoulos says she quit her job as a stripper to focus on MMA, and it was the scariest thing she's done

The American won her first UFC match in an 11-fight career Saturday at the UFC 270 event that took place in Anaheim, California.

Demopoulos defeated Silvana Gomez Juarez by first-round armbar — the fourth opening round victory of her burgeoning career.

After the fight, she told reporters at the post-match press conference that she was deserting a 15-year career in adult dancing to devote all her attention to fighting for a living.

"I don't think it's a secret that I was an exotic entertainer for 13 years," she told the media, adding later to MMA Fighting that it was more like 15 years.

I didn't actually say this on the mic, so I'd like to say it right now … I walked away from being a stripper to continue this camp.

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