A public service announcement, via MMA Fanhouse:
and Randy Couture
will be among the 30 male and female professional athletes posing nude or semi-nude in ESPN The Magazine’s first "Body Issue," which hits newsstands on Oct. 9. Couture’s cauliflower ear will be the focus of his spread and Carano will be posing semi-nude in "The Bodies We Want" photo section.
"You really get an idea of everything these guys and gals go through and the toll it takes sometimes," said Sue Hovey, the executive editor of ESPN The Magazine. "Randy has a very interesting looking ear, known as a cauliflower ear, and I think that when you’ll see it, you’ll realize that this guy goes through a lot to do what he loves."
Major names from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, Nascar, tennis and boxing will also be featured in the special issue, which will be released once a year. And yes, private parts will be strategically covered up.
As CageWriter points out, not all of the athletes in the issue are people you’d necessarily want to see naked. But still, Gina Carano, with strategically covered up private parts. Let’s hope that means lots and lots of hand bra.
Gina Carano (born April 16, 1982) was the first crossover star in women’s mixed martial arts, and was often referred to as "The Face of Women’s MMA." The daughter of Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Glenn Carano, Gina was born near Dallas and raised in Las Vegas, where she went on to study psychology at UNLV. She began her career as a Muay Thai kickboxer before transitioning to MMA, and went on to win her first seven bouts. Her last fight, against Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos in August 2009, was the first women’s bout to headline a major MMA event. Since her TKO loss to Santos, Gina Carano has been focusing on acting, and will soon appear as the lead in Haywire, an action film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Carano also appeared in the Oxygen reality series Fight Girls, and starred as "Crush" in the 2008 reboot of American Gladiators on NBC. Photos from her appearance in ESPN: The Magazine‘s "Body Issue" can be seen here, here, and here.
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