Ronda Rousey can add another “first” to her list of accomplishments, as the UFC women’s bantamweight champion is the first female mixed martial artist to grace the pages of the “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit issue.
The magazine’s annual model-filled swimwear special hits newsstands this week. Rousey is featured alongside Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in a spread shot on Florida’s Captiva Island in the Gulf of Mexico.
Modeling is nothing new for Rousey, who has previously appeared on the cover of “ESPN: The Magazine” and in advertisement for clothing brand Buffalo David Bitton.
Rousey, 28, will next enter the cage in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, when she is set to defend her belt against Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184.