Carly Baker is a professional dancer, singer, model and fitness trainer helming from London.
Birthday: 7th March 1987
Born: Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom
Famous for: Model, Fitness Trainer, Dancer, Singer
Carly Baker has an older brother and a sister. Her dad is a taxi driver and her mum is a retired dental nurse.
Baker started modelling at the age of 14 for various editorials and campaigns. She signed to the Japanese Record Company Fuji international with Gemma Hebburn to form a girl pop duo called Mynxters and recorded the single ‘Hello Kitty’ in 2000, named after the Japanese character. Their follow up was a cover version of The Cure’s ‘In Between Days’ in 2001. Carly was 18 at the time.
Carly went on to sign with BMG Records for the band ‘SW1’ co-writing with Kasabian, Gary Barlow, Lucie Silvas and other major songwriters around the world.
Baker also made various TV appearances on Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, MTV and The Box.
Carly is a professional dancer and was a contestant in the ITV/Living TV show ‘Dirty Dancing Time Of Your Life’ in 2007. Sixteen dancers from all over Britain competed for a dance contract with Los Angeles-based dance agency BLOC. Carly’s partner was Kenny Solomons and they finished 7th.
Also in 2007 Carly was a contestant for Miss Great Britain representing Wimbledon.
She used too ay cricketeer Tom Maynard who died in 2012 after being found hit by a London Underground train.
In 2013 Carly became the first European girl to be chosen as Octagon Girl (ring girl) for the UFC.
Carly Baker is also a professional fitness trainer.
*Photo credits provided in references section where possible. View a list of photographers here.
FHM Russia December 2015
Hi Carly! Before UFC you are including were in a girl group. Details, please!
Oh, it was some crappy little group called Mynxters – we recorded a song called Hello Kitty even once. Then there was another team, named after a postal address called SW1, which is quite strange, because none of us lived at this address.
You were in the role of Beyonce in the group?
Oh no. I can not sing. I love to sing and to work with people like Kasabian and Gary Barlow, but I can not keep notes. I was a blonde who knows how to move good and have a cute smile.
Do you remember all of your dancing?
Yes! Is this strange?
No. Or yes. In any case, you use them in the clubs?
If someone sees me dancing Hallow Kitty, the only thing they would think is: “Who is this crazy girl?”
And how did you come to be a UFC girl?
Just passed the interview and casting, as is the case with any job. I’ve always been a big fan of the championship.
How was your first outing?
Watching the fights as the ring-girls – it’s very cool. You always have the best seats. And the feeling is incredible, when fighters go up. The atmosphere is just Freaky!
Did you hang out with athletes outside the ring?
We’re all one big happy family – and they are all true gentlemen.
Many UFC-girls have posed for Playboy. Would you agree?
No. Somebody has to give up the old man, Hugh?
In recent years the UFC has become a very popular. What do you think, what is the secret?
The guys in great shape, and they need to succeed in all directions. This is not like other sports where you have to do one thing – everything is in a single match. All this turmoil – the most amazing thing there.
Give the best place where you came thanks to the work.
Abu Dhabi. And Las Vegas is incredibly cool!
How often do you train and what sessions are most effective?
Fitness is my biggest passion so I hit the gym four or five days a week – six if I can. As a qualified personal trainer I know what I’m doing and though I love cardio, I also do a lot of resistance training. You don’t see many women hitting the weights, but they’re amazing for building functional strength and burning fat. I like switching up sessions every time but the common theme is going hard and getting my heart rate up.
Has your training regime changed since working for the UFC?
Not really. I knew what I was doing before and I wouldn’t train like the fighters I come into contact with now because what they do is so specific to how they perform in the Octagon. What I have enjoyed learning since I’ve been with the UFC are submissions – I can pull off a mean rear naked choke.
So you’re not tempted to fight then?
The UFC pranked me on April Fool’s – they announced I was going to fight and for a second I was terrified they were serious. Sometimes I think I’d like to, but then I see someone like Ronda Rousey go to work in the flesh and it’s insane. I’m quite fond of my face the way it is now so I’ll stick to being on the other side of the cage.
What are the craziest things you’ve experienced cageside?
Initially knockouts were intense but I’ve got used to them now. I think it’s because the first time you see one you’re not sure what’s going to happen to the fighter who’s out, but after a couple of times you know they’re going to come around.
What’s your approach to nutrition?
I recently experimented with vegetarianism but since I don’t use supplements I started to worry I wasn’t getting enough quality protein, so I re-introduced fish to my diet. I eat a lot of fruit, salads and sweet potato and, if I’m being naughty, dark chocolate.
What annoys you about men in gyms?
When I’m on a machine and some guy hovers about waiting for me to finish. Or when they’re checking themselves out in the mirror as if everyone’s going to be impressed. It’s a gym, mate, most people have muscles.
What’s the biggest mistake men make in their training?
Guys who completely neglect their legs look ridiculous, but I’m a shoulders and arms girl so those are the things I notice first.
Who’s the most hardcore Octagon girl in the gym?
We all love training, which is good because we have to be in great shape. If I had to single any girls out I would say me and the two Brazilians, Jhenny Andrade and Camila Oliveira – we all do Muay Thai conditioning.
 FHM Russia Dec 2015 [Photos by Nigel Crane]