While the Sports Illustrated ‘Swimsuit Issue’ may come off as little more than softcore gentleman’s special interest literature, ESPN’s ‘Body Issue’ has been widely received as a fascinating reflection of health, fitness, and the stereotypes of what a top flight athlete actually looks like. It’s also been a great platform for MMA fighters over the years.
In the eight years since its first publication, the magazine has featured Jon Jones, Miesha Tate, Cris & Evangelista Cyborg, Conor McGregor, and Ronda Rousey. Now, with the 9th edition about to hit newsstands, a new fighter is taking the opportunity to bare all.
ESPN recently announced that Michelle Waterson would be in this years issue, and gave fans a look at her cover edition in a post on ESPNW’s twitter page:
Here’s a look at the other athletes who are taking part in the magazine:
The magazine will hit stands on July 7th. Waterson is coming off a recent loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC on FOX 24 back in April of this year. At the moment, no date or opponent for her next bout has been announced.