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Unfinished Business for Monique Ricardo

Monique Ricardo, formerly Minton, took the fitness modeling world by storm when she starting competing in the NPC. She’s been on the covers of FLEX and Muscle & Fitness HERS and seen inside a number of other fitness magazines. Monique achieved IFBB Pro status in the Figure division but transitioned into the bikini division. Rewind to a year ago, she was preparing for the inaugural Bikini International but had to withdraw. It was mid-way through her prep that Monique found out she was pregnant with her first child. I caught up with Monique as she prepares to take care of some unfinished business.



Do you still go by Momo?

Momo Ricardo then?
Yes Sir.

How about Momma Momo?
Well, I am a momma now! lol

So take us back…you were accepted and invited to the 2011 Bikini International but you found out you were pregnant – right?
Yes! I was a few weeks into my 2011 Arnold training when I found out I was pregnant!

Congratulations! How old is the little guy?
Baby Maxwell is now five months.

Was there lots of kicking and punching during birth?
Yes! He was upside down my whole pregnancy and kicked my ribs the whole time!

As a new mom what’s been the biggest challenge?
I think the biggest challenge of being a new mom in the beginning is trying to find time to workout or really do anything! A newborn needs a lot of attention!


Momma and Maxwell

Did you workout during your pregnancy?
I did some cardio and rolled in my gi until 6 months, after that I had no stomach muscles to sit up and my hips didn’t move correctly. I lifted weights in the beginning but my doctor told me not to lift so heavy to protect the baby. I couldn’t lift light weight. I guess a mental thing. So I stopped after a few months.

How much weight did you gain?
I gained 20 pounds of total pregnancy. Five pounds of actually weight, after baby, fluids, etc.

What tips would you give moms out there about staying healthy and exercising?
Eat healthy!!! It helps so much with total pregnancy and post pregnancy! Being fit and then becoming pregnant makes your birth experience much easier and faster. I was only in labor for 23 minutes!

Wow that’s crazy. I’m sure a number of women wish they were in labor that long. LOL.

What’s one thing you wished someone would have told you or you knew before giving birth?
I got so much advice from many people about giving birth! A lot of women shared negative experiences, which just scared me! I had such a pleasant experience giving birth and was so surprised how easy and enjoyable it was! I wish someone told me to bring more snacks though. HA! hospital food sounds good on paper but doesn’t taste like they describe it! lol

Is it harder to get the bikini body back or no problems?
I worked super hard after having the baby! I had a Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) tourney 3 months later, so I needed to catch up fast! I was in the gym lifting heavy and on the mat rolling hard! I probably should have slowed it down a bit but sometimes you gotta go big or go home! haha

Are you still practicing MMA – what level are you at in your BJJ?
Yes! its part of my life! I am now a brown belt under Eddie Ricardo


All she does is Win! Win! Win!

What did you think of Brock getting knocked out?
I don’t think he was ready to come back to the fight…the guy guy had 12 inches of intestines taken from his belly and then he goes and fights Overeem who punches him in the stomach!

Are you glad he retired?
You can’t be the champion forever.

Can Overeem beat Junior?
No. Junior is more hungry, younger… in my opinion better on the ground, standup and boxing!

What about Chael Sonen – what’s your take on him?
He is very smart intelligent person who trains and works out really hard, he is talking a lot of crap trying to get a fight with the champion, and that’s the only way with his record that he is going to be able to do it. Some girls would take their clothes off to get attention… Chael Sonnen talks for attention.

Will he be able to beat Munos?
Munos is a better fighter but Chael is stronger mentally… which can win fights!

You trained with the Nogueiras – how hard was it to watch Minotauro get broken by Frank Mir?
I realized that night what a warrior he was! He didn’t even make a face or sound. I admire when a man acts like man and not run to his momma and stays home playing video games!

Monotauro and Monique

Did you see The Warrior that you made an appearance in?

What did you think of it?
It was very good! had a great storyline and one of the better MMA movies out there!

People may not know but how long were you there filming?
Almost 3 months!

Are you still with Team MuscleTech?
I am Team MuscleTech! 🙂

Will you be at their booth during the Arnold?
I will be at there booth!

What’s your favorite product?
They have a new fatburner out called Hydroxystim! It’s awesome. I’m using this product for my Arnold training.

Any issues with taking any supplements and breast feeding?
I didn’t take any supplements while breastfeeding, So it wasn’t an issue for me.

Who is a better model you or your sister?
Well it depends…I have three sisters and they are always competing to see who is gonna sit at the head of the table. haha

Anything else happen while away from the stage?
Not that I can think of. I had a lot of time to enjoy my pregnancy, my family and new baby!

What made you decide to compete again after having a baby?
I have never competed in the Arnold and I have always dreamed of competing there one day! I got the chance and I took it. I love setting goals and competing is fun process, so why not?! I’m also part of Team Bombshell and I appreciate all the help I am getting from them.

Good Luck in Columbus! If you want to keep up with what’s happening with Monique, “Like” her facebook page. Check back as Monique updates us here on with her Arnold prep.

Monique Minton Is Back

Monique Minton was getting a lot of buzz as being the poster child for the new bikini division but she’s been absent from the Jr. Nationals and Jr. USA stages. Monique was slated to compete at the NPC Jr. USA contest in April but landed a role in Warrior the movie. Needing to achieve NPC National status in the new bikni division, Monique competed today at the NPC Southwest Bikini competition, held in Arlington Texas. She won not only the tall class in the bikini division but also the overall. Monique tells me she will be heading to the NPC USA contest next month to compete for an IFBB bikini pro card. Congratulations and welcome back to the competitive stage Monique.

Behind The Scenes – Warrior Movie

NPC News Chief Photographer, J.M. Manion went Behind The Scenes of the new MMA movie, Warrior. Filming is currently taking place in Pittsburgh. J.M. caught up with one of the film’s actors Kurt Angle as well as ring girl and NPC competitor/fitness model Monique Minton. J.M. shared a couple photos from the weekend where he and his Tyler gained access to the movie’s filming.

Monique Minton and Tyler Manion on the set.
J.M. and Monique on the Warrior set.
Tyler, Kurt and JM backstage on the Warrior set.

MMA with Momo – UFC 146 Predictions

IFBB Bikini Pro Monique Ricardo is back with her MMA predictions for UFC 146. The fight takes place Saturday, May 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada. When Momo isn’t training for a bikini competition, she’s kicking ass on the mat. Monique trains alongside headline fighter Junior Dos Santos so you can be assured she’s legit. Check out her picks for this weekend’s main fights.

MMA with Monique

Hey Hardbody buddies,
I don’t know what your doing this Saturday but I will be in downtown Dallas watching the UFC heavyweights throw down! This Saturday, UFC 146 will feature an amazing card. The exciting part is the payperview fights will be all heavyweights, a first in UFC history. The interesting thing about heavyweights is that they weigh over 230 pounds, that means any punch or kick can knock a mofo out. That makes me think about when Arnold Schwarzenegger knocked out a camel on “Conan the destroyer” LOL. So if you are not doing anything don’t miss this fights. My team mate and friend Junior dos Santos will be fighting Frank Mir, I hope he knocks his teeth out hahahhaha just kidding… maybe lol! Here are my predictions for this card.

Struve vs Johnson –
I’m gonna go with Struve aka skyscraper on this one…this guy is very tall like 7 ft something from the Netherlands. I have seen this guy about to lose and pull a horseshoe out of nowhere! This guy is very lucky.

Miocic vs Del Rosario –
Del Rosario for the win this should be a brawl fight!

Nelson vs Herman – Def goin with Nelson here….judging by Herman’s last fight Nelson is motivated to win this fight because he wants to get back on top to shoot for the belt!

Velasquez vs Silva –
Velasquez for the win… he is quicker than Silva and more aggressive. Just a bad match up for the big foot. Even though I like Bigfoot because he trains with our team, I don’t think its a good match up for him because the guy (Cain) is really really fast and prolly going to take down and ground and pound!

Dos Santos vs Mir – Being a team Noguiera member, this fight is really special to me because Dos Santos will be fighting Mir, who beat his master(Noguiera) with a nasty kimora breaking his arm. Mir talks a lot and has gotten really full of himself lately! I can’t wait for Dos Santos to knock him out:) I have witnessed live, his heavy fists and his Jiu jitsu skills dominate his training partners! This warrior packs a lot of power.A lot of fans (especially me) will hope for Dos Santos to avenge his teacher with this fight!

Let MOMO know what you think of her predictions in the comments below or on her facebook page.

MMA with MOMO – UFC 145 Predictions

Our resident MMA Hardbody Monique aka Momo is back with her UFC predictions. While we don’t necessarily agree with her picks, we’re not going to argue with her over it. Monique not only follow MMA she practices is and is quite good. Check out who Momo thinks will win this weekend at UFC 145.

MMA with Monique

Hello Hardbodies!
The weekend is coming and after a week of work, pumping iron and the daily grind on the mat….I dont know about you but I am excited for a day of rest! We all know to grow…you have to rest… so our muscles can recover. 🙂 What better way than to relax with good friends and watch some warriors battle?

This weekend we have some exciting fights for UFC 145. Finally, we will see the long waited match between light heavyweights ” suga” Rashad  Evans vs Jon “bones” Jones. There’s alot of hype for this fight and it should be a good one.  Here are my predictions!

Hominick vs Yagin –  Hominick for the win! He just has more experience in the cage.

Torres vs McDonald – This fight could go either way…. Torres is the more experienced fighter… and back in the day use to be unbeatable! McDonald, up and coming and is very hungry! I will call Mcdonald by decision.

Schaub vs Rothwell – The MuscleTech athlete (well Six-Star but close enough), Schaub with submission rear via naked choke second round! Rothwell tries hard and is a brawler though.

Macdonald vs Mills – Def Macdonald for the win on this fight. He has fought some tough fights in the past with his only loss to Carlos Condit, the current welterweight champion of the UFC.

Rashad vs Jones –The main fight of the night, it will be the classical bad blood between two ex-training partners who are fighting for more than money, the title or fame. These guys hate other and not only do they wanna kick each others butt, but they also are fighting for their honor. Suga Rashad Evans the older man, feels betrayed by his coach for putting more expectations on a young fighter than a fighter who helped build his fame. Long Bones Bones, claims he didn’t do anything wrong and is a professional and will fight whoever the UFC puts him to fight. I am going with MuscleTech athlete Jon Jones because he is coming from a wining streak and his confidence is at maximum level. And like Arnold, I believe that mind is more important the body because it creates the will….and Jones will is to crush rashads a$$. Jones by submission.

What do you think Hardbody Nation? Agree or not so much?

Where in the World is Momo Minton?

Monique Minton was set to take the stage at the NPC JR USA last weekend. She sent in her entry fee and was all set for the first ever National NPC bikini contest. Ms. Minton was mysteriously missing, so where in the world is she? Monique has been cast as one of three ring girls for the movie “Warrior” which stars Nick Nolte. Filming is taking place now and is set to hit theatres next summer.

Nolte plays an ex-Vietnam vet boxer-turned-steel mill worker whose family was torn apart by his alcoholism; the now-sober and remorseful dad welcomes back his youngest son (Hardy) and trains him to compete in a mixed martial arts tournament. He and his older brother, played by Edgerton, are on a collision course in the ring. –

Monique tells me she still plans to compete in bikini and will do so in Texas sometime next month. She’ll need to qualify for a national level bikini show since missing the Jr USA event. She currently has her sights set on the NPC USAs held in Las Vegas this July. Props to Monique for the mainstream gig and for letting us know where the heck she’s been hiding lately.

Monique & the other two ring girls on the set of Warrior.

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