September 28, 2011
Jon Jones is riding a high right now. He just defended his light heavyweight championship with a domination of Quinton Jackson, picked up a $75,000 fight of the night bonus and already knows that he'll be taking on former-friend-turned-rival Rashad Evans for his next title defense. Now, Jones will appear in the ESPN the Magazine's well-known "Body Issue," which asks athletes to pose nude or semi-nude.
This will be the third edition of the magazine's issue that celebrates the bodies of athletes. Strikeforce's Gina Carano appeared on the cover, while Randy Couture, Cristiane and Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos and Herschel Walker have all been featured in the past. Jones will be joined by gymnast Alicia Sacramone, soccer player Hope Solo, hockey player Ryan Kesler, boxer Sergio Martinez and football player Steven Jackson, among others.
Jones shared with Yahoo! Sports how he attained his form. Basically, it's through a workout that would make the average person beg for mercy halfway through the warm-up. Genetics play a part, too, as Jones has a freakishly long reach of 84.5 inches.
You can see Jones in ESPN the Magazine when it hits the newsstands Oct. 7.
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