Ronda Rousey Becomes First Female to Grace the Cover of Men's Fitness Australia

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Ronda Rousey is having a very big year.

The undefeated UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion has become the first female ever to grace the cover of Men’s Fitness Australia.

Rousey celebrated her history-making feat by proudly Instagramming the November issue.

“Thank you @mensfitnessau for making me the first woman on your cover!! ??? #UFCMelbourne,” she wrote.

The Hardcore Fight Special issue, which features cover lines “Think you’re tough?” and “How Ronda Rousey Will Make You Tougher” shows the UFC fighter looking like one badass babe.

Men’s Fitness Australia gave a sneak peek of the article (on stands Thursday) by posting two Q&A videos with Rousey to its Facebook page.

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Rousey was asked who — besides her mother — had a strong impact on her life. She responded by saying her dad [who committed suicide when Rousey was 8] “was a also a really big influence. He was only with us for a short time but he influenced me a lot and still does to this day.”

In another clip, the star gives a glimpse into her hardcore work ethic, saying: “Usually I’m practicing two days after a fight because I don’t even know what to do with myself. [My] last fight was the first time I was actually forced to take time off. My coach said I had to take 20 days and I’m like ‘what am I going to do with myself?'”

But it doesn’t seem like the in-demand star would have trouble filling her time. Projects in 2015 have included big-screen acting roles (Entourage), a coveted Carl’s Jr. commercial, and a spot in Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Edition.

Comments about her Men’s Fitness cover have been mixed.

“I think it’s sad that a man can’t have anything without a woman trying to take over. There are womens fitness magazines,” one person wrote on the magazine’s Facebook page.

But Rousey, who has famously taken on body-shamers, has plenty of supporters as well.

“What an amazing role model & athlete! Here’s to all the young girls looking up to this one and smashing through the male-esq boundaries. First woman ever to grace the cover! Nice!” posted another.

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