UFC Champion Ronda Rousey is now adding another major accomplishment to her resume appearing in the Sport illustrated swimsuit magazine. Ronda is no stranger to the modeling world previously appearing in the 2102 ESPN body issue and she is also with the clothing brand Buffalo David Bitton. Not only is Ronda busy with her fighting and modeling career she also is appearing in major movies landing roles in Expendables 3, The Entourage and the Furious 7.
Ronda recently sat down and spoke to USA Today about her modeling career and film career.
“The ESPN Body Issue is about celebrating the peak of human potential and the kind of form the human body, when specialized, can really look like. The Swimsuit Issue has a lot more [of a] sexual side to it, while I don’t think the Body Issue is overtly sexual whereas Sports Illustrated is,” Rousey said. “The difference in how I approached it is when I posed for ESPN Body, I really tried to be a lot more cut and a lot more close to my prime fighting shape because I was being photographed as a fighter and trying to look more like a fighter.”
“I purposely tried to get a little bit heavier for the SI issue so I was a little bit curvier and not in top fight shape look but the look at which I feel I’m the most attractive. It’s very natural for a person’s body to go through seasons.”
“I’ll keep fighting and filming together. Having them both allows me to do each one longer,” Rousey said. “I’m able to step away from one and allow myself to miss the other. Going from fight camp to fight camp to fight camp constantly is an easy way to burn out. And going from movie to movie to movie is an easy way to burn out. I’ve found an amazing balance. I’m always happy and engaged and motivated.”
“I love fighting and it’s my passion and it’s the reason Hollywood took an interest in me at all, but I’m no dummy. I know there’s a short shelf life in the sport and I don’t want to be left out like I was after the Olympics [she won a bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Games in Beijing] with no options. I need to have a new grand goal to go after because when I have no goal is when I get depressed and I’m not letting that happen again.”
“I set extremely high goals for myself. The first day I stepped onto a judo mat I was like ‘I’m winning the Olympics,’” she said. “The first day I did MMA, ‘I’m winning the UFC.’ The first time I had an acting gig, I said ‘I want to be the highest-grossing actor in the world.’ That’s what my goal is.”
Sports Illustrated has shared a couple of the photos from Rousey here.
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Ronda is now preparing for her next title defense in less than three months, where she will face Cat Zingano at UFC 184 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Feb, 28th.
Image provided by: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated