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Tate followed in the footsteps of Rousey, posing the buff -- albeit strategically covered (and oiled) -- for ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue" 2013. We knew the spread was coming, but now we have photo proof thanks to a recent feature in NYDailyNews.com.
Ben Watts, photographer for ESPN The Magazine, snapped this "Cupcake:"
Tate apparently doesn't just look fine, but also demonstrated that she has the brains to go along with the mixed martial arts (MMA) brawn.
"One of the of the biggest common misperceptions about women’s mixed martial arts is that we’re not feminine," she told NYDailyNews.com. "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."
Tate will get the opportunity to turn it up a notch (if that's possible) in her rematch with Rousey later this year, which will serve as the UFC 168 main event, a prestigious position on the promotion's annual year-end pay-per-view (PPV) event (details here).
In the meantime, while not posing with only pink hand wraps, the two feisty females are serving as coaches for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18, which includes -- for the first time ever -- men and women living under the same roof while competing for their chance to earn a "six-figure" UFC contract.
ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue" 2013, which also includes Matt Harvey (New York Mets), Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers) and Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), hits newsstands on July 12, 2013 (full list of athletes here).