ESPN the Magazine Body Issue 2013: Athletes Who Will Benefit from Photo Shoot

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Mixed martial artist Miesha Tate holds the Female Fighter of the Year award at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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ESPN The Magazine is set to roll out its fifth annual Body Issue on Friday, July 12, and once again, the folks at ESPN have compiled an impressive list of athletes from all over the world to bare it all on the pages of their magazine. 

According to, the idea behind the annual issue is to "stop to admire the vast potential of the human form." By having some of the best athletes in the world show off their incredible physiques, it also offers various athletes the chance to increase their public profiles and draw attention to both themselves and their sports. 

In that spirit, here are the athletes who will benefit most from generating some extra buzz in the magazine's annual issue. 


Miesha Tate, UFC Fighter

The women's bantamweight division is still in its infancy in the UFC. The division wasn't officially christened until Dec. 6, 2012, when undefeated Ronda Rousey was named its inaugural champion. 

Rousey, who posed in the 2012 Body Issue, still remains the most marketable athlete in the division. Her rivalry with Tate will see another chapter when they meet for the second time at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, per MMA Junkie

According to the MMA Junkie report, Rousey is set to appear on the cover of an upcoming issue of UFC Magazine. With both women making their rounds in magazines, the buzz should definitely help the rematch become the biggest fight in women's MMA history. 


Marlen Esparza, Boxer

Much like Tate, Marlen Esparza is involved in a sport that requires she sell plenty of pay-per-views to make her money. 

While she's still an amateur, the 23-year-old 2012 Summer Olympics bronze medalist has a 30-8 amateur record and a bright future as a professional when she decides to make the leap.

The Houston, Texas native has already done some modeling for PETA and has endorsement deals with Nike, Coca-Cola and CoverGirl, per the Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Her appearance in ESPN The Magazine is just another reason why she could be the star that women's boxing needs to raise the profile of the sport. 


Gary Player, Golfer

Perhaps the most impressive physique you'll see in the magazine is 77-year-old golfer Gary Player. 

The nine-time Major winner becomes the oldest athlete to pose for the magazine and probably made himself a coveted pitch man for health companies. The fact that he's kept an impressive physique at the age of 77 is a testament to his fitness regimen. 

He's already taken to Twitter to give out his advice on staying fit:

After seeing how well he's aged, there's no doubt that people will be eager to hear what he has to say regarding what works in order to stay healthy.