Sports Illustrated magazine has been a staple of American sports journalism for more than 60 years, and this week's cover of the print edition will feature none other than UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. It's only the 2nd time in SI's history that an MMA fighter has ever graced it's revered front page, with the other instance occurring way back in 2007 when the Roger Huerta vs. Leonard Garcia bout at UFC 69 was used to profile "America's fastest growing and most controversial sport".
Rousey is listed as SI's pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, and the cover describes her as the most dominant athlete in the world. Just last week Rousey received the same tag from Business Insider. With appearances on The Tonight Show, Fast and Furious 7
00000, ESPN talk shows, this year's WrestleMania, and now a full feature piece on Sports Illustrated, demand for the undefeated superstar is at an all-time high, and she is without a doubt the biggest star in the sport today.
L. Jon Wertheim, who wrote the 2007 feature article, will profile Rousey in great detail, and the Rousey-headlined edition of SI will be in stores on May 13th.