UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey joins Sports Illustrated swimsuit team
UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is one of several athletes to appear in the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Undefeated Rousey is the first and current UFC Women's Bantamweight champion and the 28 year-old has won eight of her ten fights by armbar.
As well a highly talented athlete, Rousey is also an actress with two major films set to come out in the next 12 months.
The UFC fighter will be included in the swimsuit issue , adding to her modeling accolades over the past few years.
“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,” she said.
“It’s very natural for a person’s body to go through seasons.”
It’s not Rousey’s first time posing for a mainstream sports magazine’s signature annual edition. In 2012, she appeared nude in ESPN The Magazine‘s Body Issue.
Rousey will defend her title against Cat Zingano in less than three weeks at UFC 184.
Rousey became the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.