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UFC Executive Security Officer Summer Tapasa Has Eyes Set on Referee Gig

Ex-Best Buy employee Summer Tapasa caught the attention of the UFC in January after successfully stopping an attempted robbery. Now, with her brand new gig as a UFC executive security officer, she’s already setting her sights on becoming a referee with the mixed martial arts promotion company.

Tapasa tells TMZ, “I chose security because I was more comfortable with it. Now that I’m in the UFC, now that I’m in the security position, I was actually thinking about becoming a referee.” It’s reported that Tapasa’s bosses are “supportive of her career goal and will help her get the right training to eventually achieve her dream.”

As for getting in the Octagon as an MMA fighter, Summer says that hadn’t thought of the idea and has no plans to pursue that line of work. “I don’t even see myself in the Octagon fighting someone else. Probably just refereeing, but fighting somebody else, no, i don’t think so.”

Summer Tapasa was fired from Best Buy in 2019 after footage of her beating up a suspected shoplifter went viral. UFC President Dana White flew Tapasa to UFC 246 in January and offered Tapasa her security job after seeing the viral video. White called Tapasa “my kind of girl” and declared that she was the “kind of person I want working for me.”

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Candace Cordelia has been an on-camera interviewer and writer for In The Zone since the Summer of 2020. Candace's journalism experience includes writing for the New York Daily News and ABC Radio, where she also conducted celebrity interviews and audio production/editing for ABC Radio's national radio affiliates across the country. Her on-camera experience involves working as a backstage/in-ring interviewer with a number of independent wrestling promotions and as an actress. Candace is dedicated to bringing combat sports and eSports news to the In The Zone universe.
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