A nude photo of Miesha Tate have been leaked in advance of her appearance in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue. The MMA fighter's naked picture will appear alongside 20 other athletes, including racer Courtney Force and Olympic volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings.
"It was nerve-racking because even though it was a private beach, there's still big houses all around and we had a couple of people trying to walk by the shoot," Miesha Tate said of the nude photo shoot. "They kept turning around and walking in the background and our crew kept having to hold up blinders so they wouldn't see me."
You can view the nude photo of Miesha Tate here.
Tate's appearance in the magazine is a bit odd considering the fighter criticized her rival Ronda Rousey for gracing the cover of the 2012 edition.
"For an athlete, there's no real reason to have to get nude, although I think there's nothing wrong with ESPN," Miesha Tate said last summer. "I don't think what Ronda did was wrong. I'm just saying it's not okay to talk crap about the ring girls and then get one percent less naked, and say it's okay. To me it kind of falls in that hypocrisy."
However, Tate said earlier this month that she posed for the 2013 Body Issue in order to change misconceptions about female fighters.
"One of the biggest common misperceptions about women's mixed martial arts is that we're not feminine," she said. "So for me it's important to show that women in this sport are comfortable about their bodies, that we're pretty and carry ourselves as women - and we can also turn it up a notch in the cage."
This seeming hypocrisy could come back to haunt Miesha Tate on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. Fellow Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Cate Zingano defeated Tate in last year's finale to earn the right to coach up-and-coming contenders opposite Rousey on the reality series. However, Zingano later pulled out of the show because of a knee injury, setting the stage for a Tate-Rousey showdown.
Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey have disliked each other for years, and facing off on The Ultimate Fighter has only increased the tension.
"It's going exactly the way you'd expect it to be going, bad," UFC president Dana White said. "Miesha and Ronda hate each other. It's like literally crazy drama every day."