“Something happened,” Labelle’s manager James Leinhos told Fanhouse of his client’s departure from the UFC on Friday, “but at this time, I can only confirm that Edith no longer works for the UFC.”
Fanhouse also passes along this interesting bit of info:
Leinhos would not confirm if Labelle was fired or quit. However, it’s interesting to note that she was present at the UFC 100 weigh-ins, yet absent from the actual event the next day.
Those who worry about these kinds of things believed that the reason behind that decision was simply due to the fact that former Playboy model, Holly Madison, served as an honorary UFC 100 Octagon girl, but apparently something else happened during those 24 hours, leading to Labelle’s tenure as an Octagon girl coming to an end.
Wicks, who joins Arianny Celeste and Logan Stanton on the Octagon Girl roster, will be making her debut this weekend in Philadelphia at UFC 101.
Update: According to Fighters Only, Labelle was released after calling in sick for UFC 100 as the UFC believed she was simply too hung over to work the event:
But Fighters Only has been given to understand that LaBelle landed in hot water after phoning the UFC on the morning of UFC 100 and telling them she was too ill to work the event that night.
The UFC apparently disputed that and claimed she was hungover from partying in Las Vegas the night before.
As a result, she was dismissed with immediate effect, which is why viewers did not see her working the Octagon at UFC 100.