Ariana Cruz is a mixed martial artist from Ascension Athletics in Bristol, Connecticut. Ariana trains under the tutelage of Jeff Haddad, and UFC Veteran Matt Bessette. Ariana grew up in Waterbury, and has had an active interest in MMA for the past three years. While being multifaceted in many areas, Ariana has won five gold medals in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and currently holds the rank of blue belt. Off the mats, Ariana works as a bail bond woman, and as a real estate agent. Between the stress of having two jobs, Ariana uses MMA as an outlet, and as an agent for success. She hopes her lifestyle choices will continue to inspire women and young girls to break the stigma of male dominated sports. Ariana makes her MMA debut June 1st, at Mohegan Sun Arena.