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Ronda Rousey to wear body paint in SI Swimsuit 2016

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Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will once again be featured in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit edition, but this time she'll be wearing only body paint.

Ronda Rousey was one of the feature models in last year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, and now it's confirmed that she'll be doing it again this year. Unlike last year, however, she'll don nothing but body paint, as SI's official release notes:

"Back for her second year, Ronda Rousey will join an elite club of body-painted swimsuit models in the 2016 SI Swimsuit issue. Yep, you read that right. Ronda will wearing NOTHING BUT PAINT on the pages of our magazine next month."

And here's a sneak preview... (with additional pics in SI's link)

Paparazzi photos had leaked earlier in the week, so the cat is out of the bag now. Rousey acknowledged as such on her Instagram page:

"Secret's out - so here's a free preview of this year's 2016 SI swimsuit issue ... I was one of the lucky few chosen to be a canvas for a hand painted masterpiece that took 14 hours to put on - these are just behind the scenes shots taken with a phone's camera, can't wait to show you guys the final pics the when the issue hits stands!"

The 2016 SI Swimsuit edition will hit the shelves some time next month. Meanwhile, Rousey will be hosting Saturday Night Live on January 23rd, in her first live TV appearance since losing her UFC women's bantamweight title to Holly Holm at UFC 193.