UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been included in the 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Rousey, who meets Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184 next month, is one of a few athletes included in this year's issue.
Ronda provided some context for the photos in an interview with For The Win:
"The media directed at men with women is what women pay attention to the most," the undefeated MMA fighter and former Olympic judo medalist told FTW. "When it came to what standard I gave myself growing up and what I thought that I should look like, I was looking at the women that I could see the men I wanted found attractive. I thought if this is what the guys I like like, then I should look like that. The ‘Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue wasn't like ‘Playboy' or all those others. It wasn't so fake and plastic."
"They always seemed to use a lot more real women, and as the years have gone on, I think that has increased and really affected how people perceive women and what they should look like. They use all kinds of body types and use real women, not genetic freakish gazelles of people that look beautiful, but it's a very small percentage of the population that looks like that."
Check out this video of Rousey doing the SI photoshoot.