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Paige VanZant to appear in Sports Illustrated 2019’s swimsuit issue

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Paige VanZant will appear in Sports Illustrated 2019’s swimsuit issue when it is published in May later this year.

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Paige VanZant will join Ronda Rousey as the only UFC fighters to be featured in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue.

SI announced the news Thursday on their Instagram account. The video showed VanZant doing a shoot for the issue in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

VanZant will appear under the athletes section of the SI magazine when it is released this May. She is the first athlete announced for the issue. Meanwhile Rousey appeared on the 2016 edition of the swimsuit issue at the age of 30, appearing in body paint.

The 24-year-old is no stranger to the limelight - in addition to her UFC career VanZant appeared on TV series ‘Dancing With The Stars’ in 2016, and the celebrity cooking competition ‘Chopped’ in 2017. “12 Gauge” also published her ‘Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life’ in April of last year.

VanZant (8-4) returned to the octagon after a yearlong hiatus due to a broken arm earlier this year, submitting Rachael Ostovich in the first-round. She revealed on social media last week that she had re-fractured her arm again, and will be out of training for around a month.