Sports Illustrated Featured UFC Champion Ronda Rousey in Swimsuit Issue
After Ashley Graham, Sports Illustrated featured another notable woman in their 2015 Swimsuit Issue. Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey is the first UFC Women fighter to appear in the magazine. Read on for further details.
She is hot, talented and undefeated. In the Summer Olympics 2008, Rousey got a bronze medal in Judo, making her the first American athlete to earn a medal in the said category. She is also the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion.
The 28-year-old fighter, who stands 5’8”, won 8 out of her 10 fights by her infamous arm bar. She was set to fight with against Cat Zingano on Feb. 28, 2015 and defend her title at UFC 184. In an interview about her upcoming fight, she confessed that a photo shoot was done when she was not in fighting shape.
“Okay enough of the swimsuit pics for now… Those were taken months ago – this is what I’m really up to#UFC184 training camp – ready to defend my belt once again #feb28,” Rousey shared in an Instagram post.
While this is not the first magazine she posed for, Rousey hopes that like her, people will find healthy women sexy as opposed to the “magazine sexy” body that everyone is trying to achieve.
“I hope that the impression that everyone that sees the next Sports Illustrated swimsuit is that strong and healthy is the new sexy,” Rousey said in the shoot’s behind-the-scene interview.
Aside from Sports Illustrated, Rousey also appeared in ESPN’s Body Issue. This woman sure is as busy as a bee with her projects, but as what Fox Sports noted, there’s a chance the Swimsuit Issue is not Rousey’s appearance given her body of work and success.
Aside from being a star athlete, Rousey also starred in two films, “Furious 7” and “Entourage,” set for release in 2015. Fans were all excited when the athlete-model also shared some of the mag’s shots in her Instagram account. The athlete-themed Swimsuit Issue, which hit the stands on Feb. 9, 2015, also features fashion model Hannah Davis and Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.
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