Once again, Conor McGregor (aka The Notorious) has found himself in the news again. Although it doesn’t have anything to do with McGregor knocking someone’s lights out or getting his own flames doused, instead it has to do with a new form of publicity through ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue.
This magazine isn’t as raunchy as it appears to sound, but it promotes an awareness that not all athletes have a set body structure or form. Is this ESPN’s way of getting rid of body shaming at a whole new level? Conor McGregor isn’t the only MMA superstar to have found their body inside of this magazine, as he follows heavy hitters such as Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones.
Before even returning to the Octagon, which also means that Conor McGregor will miss out on UFC 200, McGregor will be on display at this year’s edition of ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. This isn’t an honor that anyone can request to be in, as the publication has to send you a request for you to accept, and athletes are judged by having various body types. The special issue focuses on the artistic beauty of the human body, featuring poses that exemplify the muscular and osteo structure of the body. Conor McGregor, 27, will become the sixth MMA athlete to be shown in the magazine.
According to Yahoo Sports, we can expect to see a full listing of the athletes, including Conor McGregor, who will be inside the Magazine, hopefully by June 20. The magazine will show up on newsstands on July 8. Of course, you can expect to also see many other athletic superstars in the edition as well. Past athletes from other sports include Prince Fielder, Serena Williams, Gary Player, and Bernard Hopkins.
Generally, many of the images shared throughout the magazine are done tastefully for the general public, but no one is revealing just how much Conor McGregor plans to display.
If anyone is curious, they can head over to the ESPN website and see what kind of bodies they prefer to have in the magazine. As they provide a link titled, “The Bodies we want.” They tend to show what is required of their athletes in great detail, and it’s definitely a site to see for both genders, as they will have something for everyone to enjoy. You can also look at a few years back on previous issues if you desire.
This is all still amid the rumors of a celebrity boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. However, McGregor is still tied in a contract to the UFC as his fight promoter, meaning McGregror cannot just engage in a match outside of the UFC without Dana White’s consent. Dana White remains firm on the position that there will never be a match between the two celebrity fighters. Mayweather takes a similar stance with his position high on wanting big bucks before he decides to step into the ring with Conor McGregor. We also have to keep in mind that Mayweather even admitted to being the source of the initial rumors, so one can only interpret naturally that he was behind the Rousey–Mayweather rumors as well.
There was also a report on the Inquisitr not long ago about McGregor jumping into the boxing ring with former welterweight champion Chris Van Heerden. Even the gym owner had praise to deliver towards Conor McGregor.
We will provide updates to this article as we get more information on Conor McGregor and how much he plans to show the camera for his portion of the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue.
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