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From punches to paint! Playboy cover star and UFC Octagon Girl reveals she also has a career as an ARTIST, selling pop art pieces for $25,000 – while still earning big bucks as a model

A former UFC Octagon Girl who has graced the cover of Playboy magazine has found a lucrative career away from the cameras – as apop-artist who has sold paintings for tens of thousands of dollars. Brittney Palmer might be best recognized by UFC fans as one of the bombshell models carrying round numbers across the ring between bouts, but she actually lives somewhat of a double life. The 30-year-old studied classic portraiture at UCLA and attended Brentwood Art Center and today is an accomplished artist in her own right, selling her work for upwards of $25,000 a piece. Scroll down for video The day job: UFC Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer might be a recognizable face to fight fans, but she is also an accomplished pop artist The day job: UFC Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer might be a recognizable face to fight fans, but she is also an accomplished pop artist In the studio: The 30-year-old model sells her colorful paintings for upwards of $25,000 In the studio: The 30-year-old model sells her colorful paintings for upwards of $25,000 Some of her high-profile clients include fighting royalty like Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor. 'A lot of UFC fighters have actually commissioned me to paint for them. And their wives! And the list keeps going!' she says. Brittney's paintings focus on pop culture, with bright depictions of celebrity icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan and John Lennon. The portraits are painted in vibrant colors and see the subjects depicted in close-up glamour-style shots. Pop at its best: Her work features depictions of pop culture icons in vibrant colors Pop at its best: Her work features depictions of pop culture icons in vibrant colors Ready for their close-up: The subjects are shown in glamour head shot-style poses Ready for their close-up: The subjects are shown in glamour head shot-style poses Ready for their close-up: The subjects are shown in glamour head shot-style poses A hit: Her paintings have been purchased by the likes of fighters Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor A hit: Her paintings have been purchased by the likes of fighters Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor Getting started: The model first turned to painting at 21 years old when her dreams of being a professional dancer were shattered in a serious car accident Getting started: The model first turned to painting at 21 years old when her dreams of being a professional dancer were shattered in a serious car accident Getting started: The model first turned to painting at 21 years old when her dreams of being a professional dancer were shattered in a serious car accident She has exhibited her works worldwide at galleries from Miami to Milan and has even previously been enlisted by Reebok to design clothing for UFC's International Fight Week. The stunning brunette fell into the art world almost by accident, after taking her feelings to the canvas when a car accident left her unable to walk on her own for three months – and shutting down her dreams of being a dancer. After becoming hooked on painting, she studied her craft and even relocated to Los Angeles to attend university and be a part of the city's thriving arts scene. She now recognizes her work with the UFC as something that has helped her make her way in her art career as it has given her a platform and opportunities to get her work in front of the right people. But that doesn't mean it has all been rosy. Moving on: After falling in love with painting, Brittney moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to pursue her art studies Moving on: After falling in love with painting, Brittney moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to pursue her art studies Bright future: She has since exhibited her works worldwide from Miami all the way to Milan Bright future: She has since exhibited her works worldwide from Miami all the way to Milan On and on: She has been one of the UFC's famous Octagon Girls since she was 20 years old On and on: She has been one of the UFC's famous Octagon Girls since she was 20 years old Recent moves: Brittney recently showed pieces - including clothing - at her No Agency exhibition at Art Basel in Miami, where she sold an illuminated boombox artwork for $25,000 Recent moves: Brittney recently showed pieces - including clothing - at her No Agency exhibition at Art Basel in Miami, where she sold an illuminated boombox artwork for $25,000 Recent moves: Brittney recently showed pieces – including clothing – at her No Agency exhibition at Art Basel in Miami, where she sold an illuminated boombox artwork for $25,000 She admits: 'I definitely think there is a stigma that is attached to being a model and being an artist. A lot of people would say that artists are supposed to act a certain way or look a certain way and that's definitely not who I am. 'So I do find there is a little bit of judgement in the beginning of someone finding out I'm an artist, but once people truly get the inside story of me… being an artist is really at my core.' Brittney focused on her work in preparation for her latest show, the No Agency exhibition at Art Basel, which she has described as being inspired by a trip to Bali. She was showcased in Miami alongside four other artists including Lee Taylor Jones, Dan Alva, Tanya Ragir, and Tonia Colderon, with each artist also having their work showcased on clothing. The show was a massive success, with Brittney selling one of her most expensive pieces – an illuminated boombox artwork that moved to the beat of music – for $25,000.