Strikeforce Champion Ronda Rousey Makes Cover of ESPN the Magazine’s ‘Body Issue’



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

  • 15 days ago
  • 0 views

The speculation about UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s next opponent began moments after retaining her title for the forth time at UFC 175. read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey revealed in a media scrum on Saturday night that she was open to fighting Bethe Correia in Brazil but was mainly focused on match-ups against Gina Caran read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 35 views

Women’s bantamweight competitor Miesha Tate discussed the Zingano vs. Nunes fight rom UFC 178, as well as her interest in a rematch with the No. 1 contender. Cat Zingano's comeback victory over Amand read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 27 views

UFC superstar and bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey isn't close to being done, but she's already picked out her successor. Twenty two year-old Rose "Thug" read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is ready to fight whenever the UFC calls. She recently revealed a broken thumb, but says she can beat any girl in the world... with one hand. read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 7 views

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey still welcomes a superfight with Invicta FC women's featherweight titleholder Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino—she's just waiting for a contract to sign. Spea read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 173 views

Ready for Metamoris? Not quite. UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey, is already cleared to resume training after undergoing a minor surgical procedure on her knee (more details here). In read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 187 views

There's a chance UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey could join the ranks of mixed martial arts fighters who have dabbled in Metamoris. But there are a couple hitches. For one is Rousey's read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 23 views

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey breaks down the UFC 178 match-up between contenders Cat Zingano and Amanda Nunes. read news >>