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Michelle Waterson lands cover for ESPN’s Body Issue

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The former Invicta atomweight champion and current top ranked UFC strawweight becomes the latest MMA fighters to make a splash in the annual ESPN publication.

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.