Kenda Perez is a Mexican American model and host. The former Maxim model not only hosts The Best of Pride Fighting Championships on Fuel TV and Fox Sports, but also The Ultimate Show for the website Bleacher Report.
Kenda Rae Perez was born on May 18, 1983 in Laguna Beach, California. She was raised in Orange County, California, where, from a young age, she knew she wanted to become a model. She attended Orange Coast College, with the intention of becoming a pre-school teacher. However, at the behest of a friend, Kenda entered Maxim Magazine's Hometown Hotties competition in 2006.
After her first attempt, Kenda managed to finish as a top-100 semifinalist in the competition. But this did not sway her, as she again entered the magazine's contest the following year. This led to a fourth place finish, and landed her in the pages of the magazine, as well as on their website. She went on to continue to promote for Maxim, which eventually landed her an appearance on the game show 1 vs. 100.
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In 2009, producers of the UFC program The Best of Pride Fighting Championships learned that Kenda was much more than a pretty face when she auditioned for the host position for the series. It turned out she had quite a knack for the job, as she was soon hired by producers, with the first episode airing on January 15, 2010 on Spike TV. Seasons 2 and 3 aired on Fuel TV and Fox Sports.
Kenda's gig on the UFC series only opened more doors for the young model, as she now also hosts The Ultimate Show for the popular sports website Bleacher Report. The show debuted on August 4, 2011 and has been running strong ever since. Kenda currently resides in Newport Beach, California with her Yorkshire Terrier, Dexter, and cat, Nikki.