Ronda Rousey Returns to ESPN The Magazine for Special 15th Anniversary Cover

April 30, 2013
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ESPN Mag 15th Ann Cover-Ronda RouseyUFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has yet to score a knockout blow in the cage, but she’s landed several outside of it. The latest is a return trip to the cover of ESPN The Magazine.

Rousey is one of four athletes selected for four special individual covers of the magazine’s 15th Anniversary edition, which is slated to hit newsstands on May 3. The other athletes selected include Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, baseball player Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Clipper Blake Griffin.

That places Rousey, a mixed martial artist, among athletes from the three major sports leagues in the United States, further advancing the sport into the consciousness of the mainstream American sports fan.

Ronda Rousey ESPN Body Cover 2012This marks the second time that Rousey has been featured on ESPN The Magazine’s cover. The first time was when she was selected as one of the athletes to appear nude on the cover of the magazine’s 2012 Body Issue.

Rousey is the reason that UFC president Dana White finally decided to take a chance on women’s MMA in the Octagon, and it has paid off beyond his wildest dreams.

The media attention alone has been greater than that of any other athlete in the company’s history, and the latest ESPN The Magazine cover is just the latest feature as Rousey and the UFC’s other women establish themselves.

Rousey is now slated to coach the next edition of The Ultimate Fighter reality series, alongside her next title challenger, Cat Zingano. The two are expected to fight later this year following the series’ conclusion.

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  • Robbbb

    Gawd I cannot wait for this girls 15 mins of fame to be done!!!!!

    • Bagsy

      Quit hatin. I never want to see female mma but she has talent and has earned more than 15 mins.

    • Totally agree. This girl is as dumb as they come and there are many of us who don’t consider ourselves “pussies” (as Dana White suggests) for being offended by her Sandy Hook conspiracy bullsh*t.

      Here’s hoping the UFC doesn’t keep protecting this b1tch with subpar opponents.


      Agreed enough already

  • Skylar Diggins shoulda been on it

  • Slickwill

    I know she said she wouldn’t , but she should just hurry up and do PlayBoy already

    • jlb123

      Photoshop does wonders

  • GeoInSD

    I have practiced martial arts for over 20 years. I can see that Ms. Rousy has real skills and I find that very refreshing. In her last bout I found it very cool seeing some basic judo executed masterfully. It was beautiful to my eyes.

    • sagd

      she displays judo in all of her fights

      • GeoInSD

        I see a lot of unkind comments about Ms. Rousy and I was surprised. I haven’t been following her so I don’t know what she does outside the ring but I have seen a few of her bouts and in my mind (and remember I do have a long martial arts background) she has real skills and that is something to be admired. She isn’t someone who took up martial arts a couple of years ago to capitalize on the MMA popularity wave.

        On the subject of martial arts, I think Ms. Rousy’s success is a data point supporting the idea that it is best to do a few skills extremely well rather than an extremely large number of skills so so.

        • Maddawgmar

          I agree. People are haters. They are quick to discredit all Rousey’s opponents just because she dispatched them like they were nothing. In my view, that’s a credit to Rousey’s skills not a discredit to her opponents skill.

          WMMA is still in it’s infancy, and Rousey has set herself apart with her master full Judo and submission skills. Ten years from now, we will all look back and say I remember when Ronda Rousey changed WMMA. Just like we do today when we talk about Royce Gracie.

          • GeoInSD

            I like seeing demonstration of good martial arts skill. Because of my own background in martial arts, I find it ultra cool and beautiful when a classic technique is well executed. Mr. Rousy does execute classic techniques masterfully.

            I watched UFC since it first started with the original UFC1. I did root against Royce Gracie because the Gracie family promoted themselves as being unbeatable. Their arrogance rubbed me the wrong way, but I always respected Jujitsu and their Jujitsu. Gracie was beating everyone at the time, including men much bigger, and that spoke for itself. There was no need to trash talk.

  • StaalOntwerp

    She has fat genes. If she ever stops fighting she’s gonna balloon up in no time. Or maybe it’s her ‘warrior’ diet.

  • Ben

    Good for you Ronda. I wish you all the best in your career. You are wonderful.

  • jrcr_15

    Hey look Dana White is posting on mmaweekly!!