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Will Ronda Rousey Appear in the SI Swimsuit Issue Wearing Only Body Paint? (Hint: Yes!)

We’re about a month away from the release of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which is the biggest sporting event for people who don’t like sports. The magazine collects a handful of athletes and models and put them in a collection of some of the nicest swimsuits on the market. Or they’re naked. Let’s face it: the Swimsuit Issue has been featuring less bikinis every year.

For example, just today the Swimsuit Issue editor shared a picture of a model from the upcoming mag wearing only bodypaint:

That’s not a swimsuit. But that’s not the reason we shared this picture. We’re showing you this because the Internet has gone into some intense speculation over who this woman could be.

Well, it’s not really speculation. It’s Ronda Rousey. If you can divert your eyes away from the…uh…center of the picture, you’ll notice some tattoos on the model’s wrists. It just so happens Miss Rousey has very similar tats:

Here it is : kodokan flower on the right, octagon on the left by @Hilmartattoos

A photo posted by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on

And then there’s the fact that Sports Illustrated published an article on their site with the headline, “SI Swimsuit 2016 Snap May Reveal Ronda Rousey in Body Paint.” Obviously they wouldn’t post that headline if it wasn’t Rousey.

So, now take a look at the picture again knowing that it’s Ronda Rousey:

Ok, we’ll pick up a copy.

Also, Ronda Rousey is hosting SNL on January 23rd. No word on whether Holly Holm will come out and knock her out in the second sketch.

RELATED: Ronda Also Says She’s Interested in Wrestling With the WWE


Joseph Misulonas is the Girls co-editor for Playboy.com. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.

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