The continued growth of women’s mixed martial arts has reached another milestone. Miesha Tate, current UFC fighter and former Strikeforce champion, was recently announced as a featured athlete in the fifth edition of ESPN The Magazine’s “The Body Issue”.
Tate’s addition to ESPN The Magazine’s fifth installment of the popular publication bodes well for the expansion of not only women’s MMA, but also MMA in general. Ronda Rousey, Tate’s rival and the current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, was prominently featured in the fourth edition of the publication after she defeated Tate for the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight title on March 3, 2012.
Rousey’s star has been on the rise ever since, landing her a coaching gig on the upcoming 18th season of “The Ultimate Fighter”. Originally scheduled to coach opposite number one contender Cat Zingano, Rousey was shocked when a knee injury that had been kept under wraps forced Zingano to withdraw from the show. Tate, despite losing to Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter 17 finale, landed the coaching gig that set the stage for an explosive season and perhaps an even more explosive rematch.
Alongside Tate, the fifth installment of “The Body Issue” from ESPN The Magazine will feature NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NBA point guard John Wall, MLB pitcher Matt Harvey, professional beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings and 77-year-old golfer Gary Player, among others. Tate will be joining the likes of Rousey, Gina Carano and Jon “Bones” Jones as one of only four professional mixed martial artists to be featured in the issue.
ESPN The Magazine’s fifth edition of “The Body Issue” hits newsstands on July 12.Tags: Body Issue, Cat Zingano UFC, espn, ESPN: The Magazine, miesha tate, Ronda Rousey, TUF, ufc, ultimate fighter