UFC bantamweight Miesha Tate
will become the next mixed martial artist to bare all for the pages
of ESPN the Magazine’s “Body Issue” when the publication’s 2013
edition hits newsstands Friday, July 12.
Tate joins a host of athletes selected to appear in this year’s
issue, including New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, San Francisco
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Denver Nuggets forward
Kenneth Faried. “The Body Issue” will also showcase the likes of
volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings, WNBA standout Swin Cash and
77-year-old golfer Gary Player.
The issue, which features elite athletes posing naked in
sport-specific positions, was first published in 2009. Mixed
martial artists like Gina Carano,
Jones and Ronda
Rousey have previously posed for the publication, with the
latter athlete gracing last year’s cover.
Tate, 26, is currently taping “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 18
opposite Rousey, who was initially supposed to square off with
Zingano after “Alpha” stopped Tate this past April. However,
Zingano suffered a serious knee injury in training and was then
replaced by Tate, who will now rematch the UFC champion at the
conclusion of “TUF 18.”
Rousey and Tate first met last year over Tate’s Strikeforce title,
with “Rowdy” lifting the belt from around her waist with a
first-round armbar, dislocating Tate’s elbow in the process. Prior
to that setback, Tate had won six straight fights, capping that
stretch with a title-winning submission of Marloes
Coenen in July 2011.