ESPN the Magazine on Tuesday announced that Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be one of six athletes featured on the cover of the 2012 “Body Issue.”

Rousey joins New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, tennis player Daniela Hantuchova and Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker as a cover athlete for the issue’s fourth annual edition, which hits newsstands July 13. “The Body Issue” showcases elite athletes posing nude in sport-specific positions and was first published in 2009.

Rousey, 25, captured a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing before transitioning to mixed martial arts. Rousey made her professional debut just over 15 months ago and has finished each of her first five opponents via first-round armbar. In March, Miesha Tate became the first woman to last longer than one minute with Rousey in the cage, though Tate eventually succumbed to the Californian’s favorite maneuver and relinquished her Strikeforce title to Rousey.

Rousey becomes the latest mixed martial artist to appear in the magazine’s “Body” special, joining the likes of Gina Carano, Cristiane and Evangelista Santos, and reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. The submission specialist will next defend her crown on Aug. 18, when she collides with former titlist Sarah Kaufman at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Ronda Rousey book 'My Fight-Your Fight' (finally) makes New York Times Best Sellers List

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

Despite selling over 10,000 copies in the first week of its release, Ronda Rousey's new book titled "My Fight/Your Fight" didn't initially make the New York Times "Best Sellers" list in the non-ficti read news >>

Ronda Rousey and Donald Cerrone Nominated for 2015 ESPYS

  • 7 days ago
  • 10 views

ESPN released the 2015 ESPY nominations and the UFC has two fighters among this year’s list of world-class athletes. read news >>

Kimbo Slice on MMA return: 'I'm coming to fight them all'

  • 28 days ago
  • 7 views

Kimbo Slice makes his return to MMA later this month against Ken Shamrock, and spoke to the media about how this isn't just a one-off for him. 41-year-old Kimbo Slice says that he's sticking around M read news >>

UFC drug policy includes increased punishments, year-round testing starting July 1

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

The UFC announced today that they've partnered up with USADA for stricter drug testing standards than ever before. Check out some of the details and punishments. In an effort to "clean up the sport", read news >>

Pro fighters react to UFC's new drug-testing policy

  • 28 days ago
  • 40 views

UFC made big changes to its drug policy Wednesday afternoon. The organization announced it has selected USADA as an independent arbitrator of its new year-round program, calling it "the best anti-dop read news >>

UFC announces details of new drug testing program & alliance with USADA

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

The UFC announced today that they've partnered up with USADA for stricter drug testing standards than ever before. If the YouTube stream above isn't working you can watch it at UFC.tv Today the UFC i read news >>

UFC champ Ronda Rousey sizzles in 'Entourage' red-carpet photos gallery

  • 28 days ago
  • 17 views

Ronda Rousey "Entourage" red-carpet photos gallery: The UFC women's bantamweight champion lights up the red carpet for the premiere of "Entourage," less than two months away from her UFC 190 title fi read news >>

UFC's new drug testing: Possible 4-year suspension for first-time offenders

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

The UFC today announced details of its new out-of-competition drug-testing program, set to take effect July 1, that include substantial punishments for doping violations. Filed under: Featured, News, read news >>

UFC Reveals Details of USADA-Controlled Anti-Doping Program

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

LAS VEGAS — The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the details of their new "Athlete Marketing and Development Program" during a special media-only press conference on Wednesday at the Red Rock read news >>

Ronda Rousey: Soon I'll be top 5-10 highest paid in MMA history

  • 28 days ago
  • 27 views

Ronda Rousey says she'll be one of the top earners of all time in MMA soon. When Ronda Rousey was interviewed by Larry King, she was asked about money comparison for male vs. female fighters, with a read news >>