UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has officially been announced to appear in ESPN The Magazine’s ‘Body Issue’, in July. ESPN announced the news via twitter.
Conor McGregor will appear in the Body Issue.
— ESPN (@espn) May 23, 2016
McGregor now features on a list of six MMA fighters to appear in the ‘Body Issue’ of the magazine. The other MMA fighters include current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, interim UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Invicta featherweight champion and now UFC fighter Cristiane Justino and her former husband. Cyborg Santos. Ronda Rousey is the only MMA fighter to appear on the magazine’s cover which can be seen below:
McGregor was scheduled to face Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in a rematch of their UFC 196 contest which Diaz won via submission in the second round. However, McGregor was not willing to interrupt him training schedule to fly to Las Vegas to promote the contest and was subsequently removed from the card.
Following the removal from the card, McGregor suddenly tweeted his retirement from competition. Soon after however, McGregor un-retired and asked the UFC to have his schedule lightened in the lead up to fights so he could focus on training and was asked to be put back on UFC 200 however the UFC refused to budge, booking Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 as the main event at UFC 200 replacing Diaz vs. McGregor 2.