With two additional blockbuster movies on deck, to go along with “The Expendables 3” and “Fast and Furious 6” that have already been filmed, it seems like only a matter of time before UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (pictured) puts MMA in her rear-view mirror as she drives off into the Hollywood sunset.
While swapping rigorous training sessions and risk of serious injury for the hopes of big screen superstardom, and presumably much bigger paydays, would be a no-brainer for most, Rousey simply wants to do what makes her happy.
“I’m a fighter. I enjoy fighting and I was doing judo for a decade-and-a-half for pretty much no money,” Rousey stated during Monday’s media day at Glendale Fighting Club. “If money was really what was important for me I might be a stockbroker right now. I just want to have enough money to be able to do what I enjoy for a living. And right now the main thing that I enjoy is fighting, and I enjoy it more, I think, if I get to do it in more of cyclical fashion.”
The UFC admittedly cracked the whip on Rousey after signing the former Strikeforce star in November 2012. She single-handedly promoted her big league debut at UFC 157, then was tossed immediately into filming “The Ultimate Fighter 18” against bitter rival Miesha Tate.
TUF proved to be a disastrous experience for Rousey, as her image among MMA fans took a nosedive during the reality show.
However, Rousey’s popularity in Hollywood wasn’t affected in the least. It was announced last week the 27-year-old inked deals to play the female leads in the highly-anticipated “Entourage” movie and “Athena Project.”
What would appear to be a chaotic schedule for many is just what the doctor ordered, as far as Rousey is concerned. “Rowdy” claims she’s perfectly happy juggling both careers. In fact, she says it’s what she needs in order to keep things fresh.
“Being able to focus on fighting for a while, and now I’m having these two fights back-to-back, it takes a lot of attention, a lot of energy. It’d be nice to do something different and miss it,” Rousey revealed. “And then by the time I go and do some movie stuff, then I will be kind of like, ‘Oh my God, this is cool and all, but I’m tired of getting my makeup done every day and they’re destroying my hair. I really just want to get into the gym. I’m tired of being in a NASCAR pit where I’m standing there and people are poking me all over the place. I want to grunge out, and not worry about what I look like and just be a bum in a gym.’
“They both make me miss the other and I feel like they both make me better at the other.”
Rousey defends her throne February 22 at UFC 170 against Sara McMann. She’ll immediately jump into filming “Entourage” in mid-March.