Ronda has a big bout coming up this weekend, so let's honor her with a good-luck One-Piece Wednesday.
She discusses her decision to pose here, where she also introduces my new favorite euphemism: "cash and prizes."
"The agreement that me and my mom came up with was whatever you're not willing to show in public, you won't show in a magazine. So if I'm gonna tan on the beach with my top off facedown, how is that different than anything I've shot so far? If they can't see your cash and prizes, then I'm fine with it.”
Ronda is one of the more model-looking athletes they've ever featured. And in this photo, they opted not to Photoshop out her Olympic rings tattoo down by her… I guess that would be her "cash."
She's a medal-winner. She's also outspoken that fighters should get paid more than the ring girls. I wonder if she's exaggerating, but in case that's actually true—that the eye-candy gets paid more than the athletes—I definitely agree with her. Ronda's job carries a much higher risk of injury, beyond the paper cut you might get from holding up a number 3.
Good luck beating the living daylights out of Cat Zingano!