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Photo: Ronda Rousey, Fully Clothed and Loving It on the Cover of ESPN’s 15th Anniversary Edition

There you have it, Nation. Like Dexy’s Midnight Runners before her, it appears that Ronda Rousey’s sophomore effort has failed to live up to her mainstream debut. It deeply saddens us to come to the revelation that her eye-popping debut on last year’s ESPN “Body Issue” will now serve as the ”Come On Eileen” of her career as an ESPN magazine cover girl, but what else could we have expected? The bar was set TOO HIGH, dammit; I personally anticipated nothing less than a giant Cobra, fireworks, paraplegics doing jazz hands, and a Suicide Girl with the words “Soy Bomb” painted on her chest swallowing a sword. But alas, we get elated Pikachu.

My obliterated (and completely unrealistic) expectations aside, it’s good to see “Rowdy” gracing the covers of ESPN: The Magazine again, especially on an issue as big as the mag’s 15th anniversary. Rousey will be featured alongside the likes of Kobe Bryant and Tom Brady when the magazine hits stands this Friday.

But for now, let’s pour (another) one out for Nude Ronda. She came into our lives as quickly as she went, but thanks to the power of print, her memory will forever remain in the annals of history. So it is with this song, Nude Ronda, that we bid you farewell…


ESPN The Magazine Asks: Who Wants to See Cris Cyborg Naked?

Cris Cyborg naked Evangelista Santos ESPN Body Issue MMA
(Props: Card/homo sapient)

Remember when ESPN: The Magazine featured a semi-nude Gina Carano in their inaugural "Body Issue" last year? (Answer: Sure you do.) Well, they’re at it again this year, with a new pack of pro athletes stripping down for your amusement. Representing MMA this time around are Cristiane "Cris Cyborg" Santos, her husband Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, and Herschel Walker. What the hell? Was Miesha Tate unavailable? Since that Playboy rumor never came to fruition, these pictures of Cristiane and Evangelista are the closest you’ll get to seeing Cris Cyborg naked in a magazine, if you’re into that sort of thing. The rear-view is after the jump. If you want to see Herschel Walker naked, you’re on your own.


Gina Carano in ESPN: The Magazine — The Photos You Didn’t See (Unless You Bought the Issue)

Gina Carano ESPN the Magazine Body Issue
(Props: ESPN The Magazine via MMA Fight Girls)

We showed you the cover, and we showed you the smoky black-and-white shot from inside — but if you’re a Gina Carano completist, you’ll want to add these last two images from her ESPN: The Mazazine "Body Issue" shoot to the "STRONG, INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN" folder on your hard drive. The second image is after the jump…


Gina Carano Nearly Naked on the Cover of ESPN the Magazine

Gina Carano topless ESPN the Magazine
(Big props: SportsbyBrooks)

When it comes to shooting a magazine cover, it’s all about timing and opportunity.  The photographers for ESPN the Magazine know this, and that’s why they sent their crew to capture a shot of Gina Carano during one of her infamous topless kickboxing sessions (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:30 am. And no, Phil Baroni, for the last time you can’t "sit in").  This photo appears on one of the covers of their forthcoming "Body Issue," and we’re going to go ahead and say that it will definitely outsell the topless Matt Lindland edition at newsstands everywhere. 

Now, if you show this picture to your wife and/or girlfriend, she’ll probably waste no time in telling you that there’s been some airbrushing done here.  While that may be the case, we hope you’re smart enough not to respond with what you’re really thinking, which is probably something along the lines of, ‘still…just, wow.’  You said it anyway, didn’t you?  We knew it.  She hit you?  In the throat?  Yeah, well, you had that one coming.