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10 MMA fighters who took all their clothes off (or most of them)

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In no particular order, here are the top 10 men and women in MMA who have taken it all or most of it all off.

#10. Felice Herrig

Felice Herrig has been promoting herself with her sexuality since before Instagram was a thing. She has been fighting in professional mixed martial arts since 2009, after transitioning from kickboxing. A member of the Ultimate Fighter season 20, "Lil' Bulldog" recently retired after a long run with the UFC.

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#9. Evangelista Santos

Evangelista Santos is a long-time veteran of mixed martial arts, who began fighting in 1997. He has not competed since suffering a devastating, skull-shattering knee vs. Michael Page at Bellator 158 on July 16, 2016. He retired officially early in 2017.

In 2010, he appeared alongside his then-wife Cristiane Justino in ESPN's 'Body Issue'.

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The two later divorced. His wife eventually moved to the USA, became a citizen, and at that point, legally changed her name to ...

#8. Cris Cyborg

Cris Cyborg lost her first fight, in 2005, and did not lose again until 2018.  She is currently the Bellator women's featherweight champion, and has held the 145 title in the UFC, Strikeforce, and Invicta FC. She is a strong candidate for greatest female MMA fighter of all time.

In 2010, she appeared alongside her husband nude in the ESPN 'Body' issue. She has also posed nude several times since, including this shoot from 2019.

#7. Rose Namajunas

"Thug" Rose Namajunas began fighting in 2013, In 2017 she beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the UFC women's strawweight championship, then defended it successfully in a rematch, before losing it to Jessica Andrade. She then beat Andrade in the rematch, but the Brazilian had lost the belt to the seemingly unstoppable Weili Zhang. But in 2021, Namajunas beat Zhang for the UFC women's strawweight championship, then defended is successfully in a rematch, before losing it to former champion Carla Esparza.

If history repeats, Esparza will lose the title to a third fighter, and then Namajunas will get the belt a third time, and defend it successfully a third time.

Relevant to this story, in 2017, Namajunas appeared in the premiere of Women’s Health “Naked Issue.” Accompanying the image was a story beginning "“My naked body is…"

"... the story of my whole life. There’s a lot around us that we can’t control, but my body, my mind, and my soul are pretty much the only things that I can. All the scars on my body, all the bumps and bruises, all the muscles—that is a story of everything I have done. And it’s not just my story. My ancestors who came before me gave me this vessel to sculpt and mold.”

#6. Jon Jones

Jon Jones appeared in the 2011 issue of the 'Body' issue by ESPN Magazine. Jones at the time had recently won the UFC light heavyweight title and had defended it twice in that year. He was one of the UFC's biggest stars at the time he posed. Today he is a cautionary tale, and has moved up to heavyweight. UFC president Dana White recently said he is ready to fight, likely vs. Francis Ngannou or Stipe Miocic.

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#5. Michelle Waterson

Michelle "Karate Hottie" Waterson is a former Invicta FC atomweight champion, who has typically fought larger opponent's in the UFC, with its strawweight cuttoff, but always remains a serious contender. Unusually, she has pursued a fight career while raising a child.

In 2017 she was part of ESPN's Body Issue. "I was scared to bare it all and allow myself to be vulnerable," she wrote, adding, "but I realized that stepping outside of your comfort zone is what makes you stronger!" 

#4. Gina Carano

Gina Carano was the first-ever mixed martial artist to appear in ESPN's 'Body' issue and she also was one of the magazine's choice for cover athletes. "Conviction" appeared in the 2009 issue at the height of her fame in mixed martial arts and set the path for other martial artists to follow in her footsteps.

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#3. Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is 1-3 since 2016, and his division, lightweight is the UFC's deepest division, and it seems unlikely The Notorious will ever become champion again. But that doesn't matter.

Once upon a time he said, "My dream is to be world lightweight champion in the UFC, have more money than I know what to do with, and have a great life for my kids, grandkids, and everyone in my family."

That mission was massively over accomplished. Conor McGregor is the most famous fighter in MMA history, and made the most money. And in 2016 he appeared in ESPN'S The Body issue.

#2. Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey was the face of women's MMA when she became the UFC's first ever women's bantamweight champion, and grew into the biggest name in the sport, male or female.

Rousey has graced the cover of magazines, appeared on television, starred in several feature films, and is currently a performer in the WWE. She has been featured in the ESPN 'Body' issue, posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in nothing more than a painted-on bikini, and has a number of time gamely dropped clothing to further her extraordinary brand. However, she is also discrete, artfully concealing what he calls "cash and prizes."

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#1. Miesha Tate

Miesha Tate is one of the UFC's most talented woman athletes. She also happens to be one of the most beautiful. Tate has never been shy about using her looks to promote herself and the sport of mixed martial arts.

In 2013, Tate was a featured athlete in ESPN's 'Body Issue'.

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