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Who was Heather Ceballos, the late employee UFC paid tribute to on social media?

The UFC posted a tribute for Heather Santiago Ceballos today (Photo Credit: @ufc on Twitter)
The UFC posted a tribute for Heather Santiago Ceballos today (Photo Credit: @ufc on Twitter)
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Heather Ceballos was born in 1975 and had worked as an offline captioning coordinator in the UFC from March 2015 to February 2020. Last year, she was promoted to being the manager of her division.

The UFC on Saturday shared a tribute post on Twitter for their employee Heather Ceballos who recently passed away.

In memory of Heather Ceballos. https://t.co/fitcj5HG1Y

Heather Ceballos provided closed captioning for production companies aiming to reach out to deaf and hearing impaired communities since 2012. Before she passed away, Heather was managing the offline captioning workflow for the Dana White-owned MMA promotion.

No point in denying. I'm spoiled. #UFC202 #NateDiaz #ConorMcGregor Thank you, @ufcFor the record: #WarDiaz https://t.co/Hu3mkCrjAT

She has captioned the work of current commentators Joe Rogan, Jon Anik, and Paul Felder, to name a few, as well as former broadcaster Mike Goldberg.

I miss captioning @GoldieOnTV . At least I THINK this is Goldie... was before my time, and not IDed.@joerogan has his own definite style. Flying cows... not exactly it. https://t.co/pmYvDw0w31

Heather Ceballos spent most of her early life in New York. She graduated from Dutchess Community College in 2005 and the State University of New York at New Platz in 2007.

After a couple of other jobs, she worked as a Caption Editor/ Transcription Manager at the Video Caption Corporation in New York. She eventually moved to Las Vegas to work in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


The UFC also paid tribute to make-up artist Suzy Friton recently

The UFC recently lost another long-term employee, Suzy Friton. She was battling stage-four breast cancer. Suzy was in charge of wardrobes, make-up, and hairstyle for octagon girls, commentators, desk analysts, and sometimes even fighters. She even worked extensively on shows like The Ultimate Fighter, Ultimate Insider and UFC Unleashed.

In memory of Suzy Friton https://t.co/AUmOAbJNrN

In a special tribute to Suzy, the UFC renamed the make-up room at their Apex gym facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, as the 'Suzy Friton Makeup Room.' Following her win over Pannie Kianzad during the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Spann, Raquel Pennington dedicated her triumph to Suzy as well.


Edited by Avinash Tewari
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