Aaaaaw shiat, it’s ESPN Body issue time! Tomorrow morning at 9AM the issue goes on sale and videos go up at featuring a whole bunch of right fit nekkid athletes. This year’s MMA contribution is made by none other than Miesha Tate, and the New York Daily News has one of her pictures plus the obligatory ‘OMG I’m so shy and this was really tough’ spiel:

Miesha Tate, the 26-year-old No. 1 bantamweight contender on the women’s Ultimate Fighting Championship circuit, also wanted to use the opportunity to sweep away some stereotypes.

“One of the of the biggest common misperceptions about women’s mixed martial arts is that we’re not feminine,” she says. “So for me it’s important to show that women in this sport are comfortable about their bodies, that we’re pretty and carry ourselves as women — and we can also turn it up a notch in the cage.”

That being said, Tate admitted to being more comfortable getting kicked in the ribs than disrobing for her photo shoot on a Malibu beach.

“It was nerve-racking because even though it was a private beach, there’s still big houses all around and we had a couple of people trying to walk by the shoot,” says Tate. “They kept turning around and walking in the background and our crew kept having to hold up blinders so they wouldn’t see me.

Tis a fine picture Miss Tate, but thou art no Ronda Rousey. It’s kinda interesting, there’s some serious similarities between the shot they show and one of Ronda from last year doing a similar nude leap. Even the colored handwraps look (are?) the same. I’m sure Ronda loved that. Here’s hoping the whole thing got captured for part of TUF so we can see her spazz out in epic fashion as her arch enemy basically copied her schtick.


(Pic by Ben Watts for ESPN the Magazine)