When Ronda Rousey agreed to pose for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2015 she wanted to be at her most beautiful. For the UFC fighter, that meant gaining weight.

"I felt like I was much too small for a magazine that is supposed to be celebrating the epitome of a woman. I wanted to be at my most feminine shape, and I don't feel my most attractive at 135 lbs., which is the weight I fight at," Rousey told Cosmopolitan.com. "At 150 lbs., I feel like I'm at my healthiest and my strongest and my most beautiful."

The 28-year-old said it took her a long time to feel comfortable with her athletic build. She grew up practicing judo and felt her body was not "conventional."

"I grew up thinking that because my body type was uncommon, it was a bad thing," she told the mag. "Now that I'm older, I've really begun to realize that my body has developed for a purpose and not just to be looked at."

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