Miesha Tate nude in new ‘Body Issue’

What a difference a year makes. Just 12 months after criticizing

rival UFC women’s bantamweight Ronda Rousey of posing nude in ESPN

The Magazine’s


target="_blank">2012 “Body Issue”, Miesha Tate has wound up in

the pages of its 2013 issue.

Released this week to the


target="_blank">NY Daily News, the photo features Tate

frolicking nude on a Malibu beach, wearing the same pink hand

wrappings Rousey wore on the 2012 cover. The move makes

considerable promotional sense, but remains puzzling after her

pointed remarks on Twitter last July:

Tate had taken issue with Rousey’s harsh


target="_blank">commentary on Ring Girls appearing in


Fast forward to 2013 and Tate spins things differently.

“One of the of the biggest common misperceptions about

women’s mixed martial arts is that we’re not

feminine,” she said in the NY Daily News. “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.”




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PHOTO: Ben Watts via ESPN The Magazine

Lucky for UFC fans, we’ll be seeing much more of Tate and

Rousey’s combativeness starting on September 4 with the new season



Ultimate Fighter on


Sports 1, then at

target="_blank">UFC 168 where they serve as headliners on

December 28 in Las Vegas.


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