The ESPN The Magazine Body Issue has been a huge hit since it debuted back in 2009. The ESPN rival to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue obtained 35% more ad sales than comparable issues its first year.
What separates The Body Issue from the Swimsuit Issue is that all of the athletes are shown fully nude, with strategic coverage of private parts. Also, the athletes are a mix of male and female, while the swimsuit issue is just female models and athletes.
In its first four years, the body issue has featured MMA fighters Gina Carano, Randy Couture, Ronda Rousey, and Jon "Bones" Jones. Those four fighters embody the "Bodies We Want" section in the issue, showcasing, you guessed it, the best bodies in the world of sports.
This list will focus on both sides of the spectrum: the bodies that we would never want, and the bodies that would be the hardest to achieve.
Its nice to see a guy like Roy embrace who he is and develop a fan base because of how big he is, but that doesn't mean we all need to see the body in all its glory—or lack thereof.
Between the Buddha belly and the beard he grew leading up to UFC 137 that looked as unkempt as a beard can possibly look, the world would be spared a 260+ pound favor if Nelson never appears in the Body Issue.
Mark Hunt might have been the fan's choice to replace Alistair Overeem at UFC 146, but he'd be near the bottom of any fan's list to appear in the Body Issue.
A former super heavyweight kickboxer, Hunt, like Nelson has gone on a recent winning streak, defying those who called him too "out of shape" to be a contender.
Cole Konrad may be a champion in the ring for Bellator, but he's far from one outside of the ring.
Konrad was a two-time NCAA Champion at 275 pounds for the University of Minnesota, then dropped to 265 pounds when he turned his attention to MMA.
Konrad is 9-0 in the ring, and 0-9 in body-building contests.
Some bodies we don't want to see because they simply aren't good bodies. Some bodies we don't want to see because they make the average body look pathetic. "Mr. Wonderful" has one of those bodies.
With shoulders that look like they've had implants put in them and a midsection that looks like something created in a video game, calling this body "wonderful" might be an understatement.
You know how you're told to never ask a woman about her weight or her age? Christiane "Cyborg" Santos would be one of the last women on earth to ask that question to, and why she makes the list.
The picture above doesn't seem to show much flexing and her eight knockout/TKO victories back that up.
If someone looks this good at nearly 50 years old, they are one of the LUCKY few. For Walker, looking like this always came naturally, to him at least.
His daily workout regimen involves no free weights. Instead Herschel does: various push-ups to the degree of 2,000 reps, 3,000 sit-ups, 1,500 pull-ups, 1,000 dips, and 1,000 squats. He only eats one meal a day, dinner, which consists of salad, soup, and bread.
Herschel is 2-0 in his MMA career, which didn't start until two months before his 48 birthday.
It looks as if the former NFL player is doing okay for the time being.