Ronda Rousey Lands Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover

February 14, 2016
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Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has landed on the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

It has been no secret that Rousey was one of the models chosen to appear as part of the bodypaint feature of the 2016 edition of SI’s annual Swimsuit Issue, but on Saturday, it was revealed that Rousey would also be featured on the cover.

Rousey’s spot on one of three special covers was revealed on Saturday night’s SI Swimsuit 2016 Revealed on TNT. The two other cover models to be featured are Ashley Graham and Hailey Clauson. It marks the first time 52 years that there will be three different SI Swimsuit covers.

Although Rousey lost her title and her unblemished record when Holly Holm knocked her out at UFC 193 in November, she doesn’t seem to have lost any luster in the spotlight. Since the defeat, Rousey has hosted Saturday Night Live, now graces the cover of SI’s Swimsuit Issue, and will still be starring in several roles in upcoming Hollywood feature films.

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There has been no hard date set for her return to the Octagon, but if Holm wins her bout with Miesha Tate at UFC 196 on March 5, UFC president Dana White has said that it is possible the two could have a rematch in the fall of 2016.

(Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)

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  • Roscoe Gauldin

    you would think rousey would be spending more time on her boxing rather than posing in front of a camera.

    • shakejunt

      her boxing is perfect already, just ask edmond.

      • TRT-rex

        On that note, so is her acting lol

      • Roscoe Gauldin


  • TheCerealKiller

    Why? She’s not hot.

    • shakejunt

      airbrushing and photoshop can fool the dummies that will buy that rag.

      • TheCerealKiller

        The other cover is a plus size model. I guess they have completely jump the shark and gave up on using models.

  • Lil Gochu

    Well, like Cyborg did to Carano, Holm did to Rousley: retirement from MMA.

    Both Carano and Rousley were vastly overrated, hyped up.

  • aNYagenda

    Thats an ugly woman.

    Where is sports illustrated based out of?
    New york?

    The capitol of ugly women.

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  • Shocked_n_Awed

    Jesus – why on earth would I want a magazine with those cold, dead eyes staring up at me from the coffee table for a month?

    Anyone who doubts the reality of Resting Bitch Face, behold Rhonda; I’m starting to think they coined the phrase for her.