When your competition (Sports Illustrated) comes out with back-to-back newsworthy covers, the only intelligent response would be to put one of the hottest women in sports on the cover of your publication. That’s exactly what ESPN: The Magazine done by putting Ronda Rousey on the cover of their 15th Anniversary Issue. Granted, she’s one of four special editions (the others are Bryce Harper, RGIII, and Blake Griffin) but you’re missing the important thing here: Ronda Rousey!
The UFC women’s bantamweight champion is set to next enter the octagon later on this year, when she’ll take on Cat Zigano. But if you prefer to see Ronda not armbar-ing the ever living sh*t out of someone, I would suggest maybe taking a peek at the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. Along with her future opponent Cat, Ronda will be coaching both male and female fighters.
It’s been a little while since Ronda first graced the pages of ESPN: The Magazine, and frankly her debut was a little hotter and a lot less clothey-er. I’m sure everyone remembers the 2012 Body Issue? No? Well then you’re in luck. Here are some of our favorite images from Ronda.