“I honestly would love that," Herrig said of posing for ESPN The Magazine. "A lot of those things have to do with the right opportunities coming at the right times. I’m actually going to be on The Jeff Probst Show on January 11th and I’ve got a lot of things in the works, but whatever happens, happens. I’m sure something like will come out.”
Herrig doesn't see anything wrong with sex appeal playing a part in the advancement of women's MMA, and she would love the chance to strip down to her birthday suit to join the likes of Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano in the elite group of female MMA stars who posed artistically nude for the magazine.
“I mean, it’s always going to play a role and I don’t think that’s ever going to change in general with female sports," Herrig said. "Men will always be bigger and stronger; when you think of sports, you think of men’s sports. Look at the WNBA compared to the NBA. Most people aren’t going to be diehard WNBA fans because they love basketball. With women, people need more of a reason to want to watch because mostly men are watching anyways."
It's hard to argue with Herrig's logic, as the proof is in the pudding. The female MMA stars who use sex appeal to advance their careers ultimately receive more exposure, which translates to better sponsorship deals and bigger paychecks.
"If you know that, you’d be stupid not to use it if you had it," Herrig said. "People say things about me using my sex appeal, but of course I’m going to use it. It’s good for me, it’s good for my sponsors. It helps me afford to train full time and do other things outside of fighting, because it’s not like fighting pays the bills. Most pop singers who get their big breaks are beautiful and they get those breaks because those are the ones that you can market.”