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It's not easy to keep a job in the UFC whether it's in or around the cage. Edith LaBelle became a fixture the last few years as one of the two ring card girls along with Arianny Celeste then Logan Stanton was added at the start of 2009. Now Natasha Wicks, a contest winner just before UFC 100, is part of the OG roster and Edith is gone. What happened?

LaBelle was nowhere to be found the night of UFC 100. Stanton and Celeste worked the event along with guest Octagon girl Holly Madison. Apparently, LaBelle was in her room at the Mandalay Bay sick. Why? That's up for discussion.

Rumors swirling since her departure have it that the UFC believed she was hungover from a long night of drinking and that's why she was let go. LaBelle spoke with AOL Fanhouse's Ariel Helwani and said that's not the case:

"After the UFC Expo and weigh-ins [at UFC 100], I went to dinner," she said. "Then I attended some of the pre-parties with some of the UFC management, some of the Octagon girls, some of the fighters. And then I started to feel ill -- I wasn't feeling good. So I decided to go to bed. "It was so bad that I couldn't stop throwing up. Then it was kind of getting late that [next] day -- I didn't realize it was that late -- so I contacted the proper UFC personnel to let them know of my situation, and I told them that I would get ready as quick as possible and I would be there. They told me to stay in my room because they didn't want to take the risk of anything happening because it was such a big event. So I had to stay [in my hotel room]."

In spite of LaBelle's story, she says the UFC believed the hangover stories:

"They contacted me and they said that the rumor was that I was too hungover, that I partied too hard. I just wish ... I was literally laying on the bathroom floor -- I was so sick. Thinking back, I should have thought to see a doctor or ask them to send one of the UFC's doctors to check up on me to see what was wrong. But I didn't think about it before, and a day or two later, it was too late."

Poor Edith is gone and unless the suits at Showtime/Strikeforce scoop her up, her ring card girl days are done. Maybe Xyience needs another hot, well-spoken chick to pimp their product? There has to be someone in the MMA world who could use a good spokesmodel. I know the SOB's at Fightlinker are rooting hard for a quick return for the beautiful Edith. At least she'll live forever for many UFC fans with her role in the video game UFC: Undisputed 2009.

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