Ronda Rousey Books Body-Painted ‘SI: Swimsuit’ Issue,

(It’ll look something like this, but with even less clothing.)

While Ronda Rousey has been remaining relatively quiet in the time since her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, only popping up on Instagram every now and again to share a devastatingly sad quote, it’s what has been going on behind the scenes that has kept her in the limelight.

First, it was revealed that Rousey would be filming back-to-back movies (one of which being the Roadhouse reboot) before training for her rematch with Holm, which seemed…foreboding to say the least. Then, Dana White backtracked on his comments that Rousey would “definitely” be receiving an immediate rematch with Holm, stating that he had barely even spoken to her in the time since her loss.

And now, it seems that Rousey has a couple other upcoming obligations that one might consider distracting: an appearance in Sports Illustrated’s next Swimsuit issue and a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live at the end of the month.

But I suppose we should discuss the swimsuit thing first, eh? Well, a photo was recently posted by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition editor MJ Day seems to show Rousey’s bare end in a body painted suit and you’re not even reading this anymore, are you?

Photo after the jump

A photo posted by @mj_day on

Given the kodokan flower adorning this faceless model’s right wrist and the octagon adorning the other, Reddit’s private team of investigators was able to determine that this photo does appear to be of the former bantamweight champion’s behind, and Sports Illustrated seems to be playing along:

Thanks to a few inconspicuous tattoos, it looks like our next body-painted beauty may be the one and only Ronda Rousey. We can neither confirm nor deny these rumors, but isnt the idea of Ronda donning nothing but paint enough to tie you over until the issue comes out in February?

Ronda is coming off a shocking loss to Holly Holm for the UFC womens bantamweight title and has largely remained out of the public eye since then. A body-painted spread in SI Swimsuit would truly be a comeback for the ages!

So yeah, that’s Rousey’s ass. Annnnyway, it was also revealed by NBC earlier today that Rousey will also be hosting the January 23rd episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest Selena Gomez. This is kind of a big deal, as the gig will make Rousey just the 3rd combat sports fighter to ever grace the SNL stage (joining such illustrious company as Marvin Hagler and George Foreman).

Overall, it looks like things aren’t as grim for Rousey’s future as she (and many of us) have been suggesting. That being said, let’s hope that Kate McKinnon knows how to hold pads, because Rousey should be using every last minute of her spare time to sharpen her skills if she ever wants to get that title back. (For what it’s worth, I happen to think that Holm might even have the edge when it comes to comedic timing.)

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