Ronda Rousey Returns For SI’s Swimsuit Issue In Only Body Paint (Pics)

Written by Tom Ngo
January 7th, 2016

(Sorry, Google made us take the images down)

Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured) made her debut in Sports Illustrated’s iconic swimsuit issue last year and set the pages of the yearly edition on fire with some sexy pictures (click HERE for those images).

Wearing a bikini is so 2015. Rousey just upped the ante for her 2016 spread by donning nothing but body paint.

Did I just say butt?

The MMA world went nuts Tuesday when Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit editor M.J. Day teased the world by posting the above picture on her Instagram account.

Rousey’s fans quickly spotted the tattoos on the mystery model’s wrists. In August, Rousey posted a picture on her Instagram of her latest tat, a Kodokan flower on her right wrist to go along with the octagon on her left.

On Thursday, Sports Illustrated was forced to give up the goods when paparazzi spotted SI shooting Rousey in Grenada.

Rousey subsequently came clean following SI’s confirmation, “Secret’s out – so here’s a free preview of this year’s 2016 SI swimsuit issue … I was one of the lucky few chosen to be a canvas for a hand painted masterpiece that took 14 hours to put on – these are just behind the scenes shots taken with a phone’s camera, can’t wait to show you guys the final pics the when the issue hits stands!” Rousey tweeted.

Here’s what’s interesting: Rousey looks amazing after getting thrashed by Holly Holm in November at UFC 193. These raw pics have not been Photoshopped yet. As this cruel Internet world would have it, Rousey was heavily criticized last month when images of a plumper Rousey surfaced.

Take that, keyboard warriors!

Also, Rousey admitted to being severely depressed and wanting to avoid the world after getting humiliated by Holm. It appears Rousey’s confidence is right back on track.

Rousey was slated to get an immediate rematch with Holm to try to reclaim her bantamweight throne, but UFC president Dana White revealed Wednesday that Holm will face another opponent before Rousey. White didn’t specify when Rousey would return, so here’s another pic from Rousey’s SI shoot to tide you over:

We hate you, Travis Browne…

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