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
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 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.
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