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Confirmed: Ronda Rousey Will Show Her Naked, Body-Painted Butt in Sports Illustrated!

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Now that the Victoria’s Secret show, the Miss Universe pageant, and the endless, month-long onslaught of sexy Love advent videos has finally come to an end, where are we supposed to turn for our daily dose of ladies in tiny swimsuits (besides St. Bart’s)? Fear not bikini lovers, for in a mere month the
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition
will be upon us, and it’s now confirmed that Ronda Rousey is going to be rocking the issue’s famous bodypaint.

Rhonda Rousey Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2016
MJ Day/Sports Illustrated

Two days ago, Sports Illustrated editor MJ Day posted a sneak peek at the bodypaint shoot, sharing a shot that appeared to be none other than UFC fighter and 2015 SI Swimsuit Edition star Ronda Rousey. The comment section immediately flooded with shoutouts and praise for the athlete’s physique, and her unmistakable wrist tattoos of the Kodokan flower Judo emblem and the UFC Octagon appeared to be pretty much dead giveaways.

This morning, SI Swim spilled even more details, not only confirming that Rousey will be wearing a painted-on tiger-face one-piece, but that the shoot took place in Grenada and, uh, Rousey’s a natural au naturel (see more shots here).

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Her shoot for last year’s magazine showed a much softer, sexier side to the athletic powerhouse who posed topless on a beach in a black string bikini. But judging from the hashtags on Sports Illustrated’s latest Instagram pic, this year’s editorial looks poised to be even more risqué than ever. Instead of donning a standard swimsuit, the mixed martial artist appears to be wearing a suit that’s literally been painted onto her body. In other words, you’re going to want to brace yourself for this issue because, in case you hadn’t already noticed, Rousey happens to be a total knockout.

What do you think of Ronda Rousey’s SI Swimsuit teaser image? Are you excited to see the UFC star pose for the magazine again? 

–Emily Kirkpatrick