Ronda Rousey Will Pose Nude … For ESPN the Magazine

Written by Tom Ngo
June 27th, 2012

Strikeforce Ronda Rousey

Move over Gina Carano, there’s a new mixed martial arts hottie in town. On Tuesday, ESPN the Magazine confirmed the roster of athletes who will strip down to their Birthday suits to grace their annual “The Body Issue.”

The good news, Strikeforce bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey (Pictured) is among one of the 27 superstars posing nude. The bad news, it’s not like a Playboy spread, so calm yourselves.

The issue hits newsstands on July 13th, roughly one month before Rousey defends her freshly-minted crown against Sarah Kaufman.

In addition to Carano, Rousey joins the likes of UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and her then-husband Evangelista Santos as MMA fighters to appear in the feature. Randy Couture’s cauliflowered ear also made a cameo a few years back.

However, Carano still trumps them all because she donned “The Body Issue” cover in 2009.

Here are the athletes who will be flaunting their buff bods in this year’s edition:

Carlos Bocanegra (soccer)
Daniela Hantuchova (WTA)
Rob Gronkowskii (NFL)
Abby Wambach (soccer)
Tyson Chandler (NBA)
Candace Parker (WNBA)
Maurice Jones-Drew (NFL)
Jose Bautista (MLB)
Brad Richards (NHL)
Maya Gabiera (surfing)
Ronda Rousey (MMA)
Mike Smith (jockey)
Tim Morehouse (fencing)
Walter Dix (track)
Danell Leyva (gymnastics)
Suzann Pettersen (LPGA)
Ashton Eaton (decathlon)
Carmelita Jeter (track)
Anna Tunnicliffe (sailing)
Oksana Masters (paralympic rowing)
USA Volleyball Team:
Destinee Hooker
Stacy Sykora
Alisha Glass
Cynthia Barboza
Megan Hodge
Nellie Spicer
Heather Bown

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