Tuesday, October 27, 2015

UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has landed on the cover of The Bible of Boxing, the venerable Ring magazine. She even sports an Art Jimmerson like one glove pose. And make up that appears applied by a 10 year old looking for a beat up Rocky effect for Halloween.

Many, even most major MMA fans like and appreciate boxing, but the same is not necessarily true in reverse. UFC president Dana White is known to watch big bpxing PPVs on a little monitor at cagedide during MMA events. It is not likely that Bob Arum has a little monitor showing UFC PPVs during boxing events he promotes. So the appearance of an MMA fighter on the cover of a boxing magazine is kind of big deal.

Ironically, Ring was originally a boxing and wrestling mag in 1922, so perhaps putting a mixed martial artist on the cover is actually bringing it back to its roots.

Boxing fans were many of them not impressed.
papa_bacon She'd die
jwillcombo1 They mock our sport but get to grace our magazine?
fiumes7RIP Boxing how can you have a ufc fighter on the RING cover?
dgledwards Why isn't Holly Holms on the cover? She's the genuine boxer, a former boxing world champion at that. Ronda has a few horrible looking boxing sparring matches you can find on YouTube. I mean damn, they are ramming this chic down our throats vicious like.
slicksouthpaw With decent management she will easily get to 20-0 but will flat on her face when she steps up in competition.
roboticswagdaddy The Butthurt is real at-least women fighters actually get noticed and star power in Mma nobody gives a s— about women boxing

Still, this is only the latest in a series of magazine covers going back years. It began with the martial arts magazines.

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Then the covers went to sports, and men's, and from there nearly everywhere, even air.

Not a magazine cover. Gratuitous nearly nudie image of 'Rowdy' raising awareness of and revenue for skin cancer prevention.

Ronda Rousey fights former leventeen times world boxing champion Holly Holm at UFC 193 on Nov. 14.