UFC Women’s Champ Ronda Rousey Poses for SI 2015 Swimsuit Issue

February 9, 2015
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UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has never shied away from media attention. In fact, she’s a magnet for it and has embraced it, perhaps better than any other fighter on the UFC roster.

As such, Rousey has taken a spot in the 2015 edition of Sports Illustrated’s coveted Swimsuit Issue, which hit newsstands this week. She is one of several athletes to grace the pages of SI’s annual swimsuit special.

This is far from the first time that Rousey has appeared in such a shoot. She has also posed for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. In that issue, which celebrates that human form at its athletic peak, she appeared fully nude.

Rousey sees a distinct difference between the two magazines.

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“The ESPN Body Issue is about celebrating the peak of human potential and the kind of form the human body, when specialized, can really look like. The Swimsuit Issue has a lot more [of a] sexual side to it, while I don’t think the Body Issue is overtly sexual whereas Sports Illustrated is,” Rousey said in an interview with USA Today.

Ronda Rousey ESPN Body Cover 2012“The difference in how I approached it is when I posed for ESPN Body, I really tried to be a lot more cut and a lot more close to my prime fighting shape because I was being photographed as a fighter and trying to look more like a fighter, ” she continued.

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“I purposely tried to get a little bit heavier for the SI issue so I was a little bit curvier and not in top fight shape look but the look at which I feel I’m the most attractive. It’s very natural for a person’s body to go through seasons.”

The 2015 edition of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue is on newsstands now.

Rousey is scheduled to return to the Octagon to defend her belt against Cat Zingano on Feb. 28 at UFC 184 in Los Angeles.

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  • macarrech

    dat mole doe

  • TheCerealKiller

    She doesn’t have a swimsuit model body.

    • Aaron Gustaveson

      nope, but I prefer her body, in a swimsuit or otherwise, to a swimsuit models body.

      • john

        she has a manly body

        • Aaron Gustaveson

          Hows that? Looks like an athletic womens body to me.

          • john

            Compared to other women shes got big shoulders, no hips, and a thick neck. Don’t get me wrong shes attractive looking but to me she doesn’t compare to regular swimsuit models.

          • Aaron Gustaveson

            I dont see being well developed as being manly, she has hips, she just also has a strong core so they dont stick out. I dont like a girl that Im afraid of breaking. Different stroke I guess. To me most models look skinny and weak.

        • john’sMom

          I don’t think she has a manly body. You must be a little kid.

          She doesn’t have a swimsuit or victoria’s secret model body or Arianny or Brittney’s petite body.

          She has a very athletic body.

          And I doubt SI was putting her on because she is the perfect swimsuit model. They put her on because she is the face of women’s MMA and some guys think she’s hot.

          • john

            okay to me shes average at best. I like athletic women, Jessica biel, or paige vanzant. Just becuase I don’t share your taste in women doesn’t make me a kid.

  • Gregor Eisenhorn

    I see they airbrushed the wang bulge out..