Fans have been eagerly awaiting a glimpse of Tate's pictorial since it was announced last month. Tate received criticism for her participation after making disapproving comments regarding Rousey's pictorial in the 2012 issue.
Any1 else think it's hypocritical 4 Ronda Rousey 2 talk crap about ring girls in playboy but it's totally fine 2 pose "artistically nude" ?— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) July 17, 2012
Well what's the difference between a pro female athlete and a ring girl? I'd say ring girls jobs are soley based on sex appeal, so it makes— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) July 18, 2012
@kaienshiba I dont think any straight man looks at a woman nude or "artistically" nude any different— Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) July 18, 2012
The No. 1 contender to Ronda Rousey's UFC women's bantamweight crown, Tate spent the last several months coaching alongside Rousey on the 18th installment of the reality series, The Ultimate Fighter. The pair will meet in a rematch of their epic Strikeforce championship bout in the main event at UFC 168: Rousey vs. Tate II.
First appearing in Oct. 2009, ESPN's annual 'Body Issue' seeks to 'admire the vast potential of the human form.' Featuring major stars from a variety of sports, the issue is characterized by some as a competitor to Sports Illustrated′s Swimsuit Issue.
The 2013 edition - which hits newsstands Jul. 12, 2013 - also features San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, Washington Wizards guard John Wall and New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey. Click here for the full list of athletes.