After UFC champion Ronda Rousey was featured prominently in the fourth installment, her rival, Miesha Tate, will appear in the fifth edition of ESPN The Magazine’s “The Body Issue.”
Tate, who’s currently coaching opposite Rousey on “The Ultimate Fighter 18,” is one of 21 athletes who will appear in various states of undress for the magazine, officials today announced.
The issue hits newsstands on July 12.
Tate, a former Strikeforce champion, recently made her UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale and suffered a loss to Cat Zingano, who mounted a third-round comeback to get the TKO victory. Zingano then earned the right to coach opposite Rousey on “TUF 18,” but due to a knee injury, Tate recently replaced her. Rousey (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) are the first females to serve as head coaches on the show, which debuts Sept. 4 on FOX Sports 1 with a coed cast of bantamweights.
They’ll meet in a title fight and rematch at the show’s conclusion. The fighters first met in 2012, when Rousey took Tate’s Strikeforce title via her usual first-round armbar.
Other confirmed athletes appearing nude in this year’s “Body Issue” include Matt Harvey, Colin Kaepernick, Kenneth Faried, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Giancarlo Stanton, Swin Cash, John Wall, Vernon Davis, John Isner, Sydney Leroux, Carly Booth, Joffrey Lupul, Elena Hight, Agnieszka Radwanska, Chris Sharma, Daila Ojeda, Marlen Esparza, Tarah Gieger and 77-year-old Gary Player.
Previous MMA fighters featured in the issue include Rousey, Jon Jones and Gina Carano. Rousey appeared on one of four commemorative covers for the 2012 edition.