After headlining UFC 157 and making history as the first female UFC champion and first woman to win inside the famed octagon Ronda Rousey couldn’t get any bigger…or could she?
The amazingly talented former Olympian and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion has been the talk of the MMA world for the past year, sweeping MMA fans off of their feet with her dazzling good looks and bad-ass fighting style. She’s finding herself doing guest appearances on late night TV shows, attending award shows left and right, and she even graced the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s “The Body Issue”. Rousey is almost as big of a star as you can become and the opportunities are continuing to roll in.
Following her successful title defense over Liz Carmouche this past weekend at UFC 157 Rousey has been offered several movie deals, including a role in the sequel of “The Hunger Games”, a trilogy book series that has swept the country with an ever growing popularity. The books gained so much world-wide attention and praise that they are now being made in to Hollywood films. The first film was released last year and did extremely well in the box office. Now, with Rousey’s popularity at an all-time high, the folks down in Hollywood are trying to cash in on The Champ’s growing appeal.
However, UFC President Dana White does not seem too threatened by the movie offers being thrown Ronda’s way. He is confident that his newly acquired female star is in the business of fighting and making money and according to him those two things go hand-in-hand better than anything else. Here is what White had to say during last night’s “UFC Tonight” show:
“You know how I feel about the movie stuff. When Rampage did the movie, it was his dream to be a part of the A-Team. I don’t want to take away any opportunities from Ronda, but at the same time, her window of opportunity as a professional athlete is really narrow. She could make a zillion movies when she retires. Where she’s really going to get the money is here fighting. I don’t care if she’s the lead role in ‘The Hunger Games 2,’ she would not make anywhere near – I mean, not even in the universe – to the money she makes fighting.”
The opportunity to make movies is such a huge deal for any celebrity but when it comes to making money and marketing yourself for future success Dana White is usually the man to work for. Sure, Rousey could make a good amount of money starring on the big screen but would her popularity continue to grow at the rate it is now if she left fighting to go act? Probably not and White knows it. Aside from that, if the UFC president is saying that she will make more money fighting I’m sure Rousey, who is a natural born fighter, will want to continue to fight and defend her title. After White pretty much built the UFC women’s bantamweight division for her (after all, it’s nothing without her) I’m assuming that she will do her part to make White and the UFC happy, and vise versa.
There are already several women that the UFC has signed over and they all have their eyes on Rousey’s belt, which gives Ronda all the more reason to stay and defend her title. Now, if Rousey continues to blow through her opponents and cleans out her division maybe then she can consider moving to the big screen, but for now her place is inside the UFC octagon. I know that’s where I want to see her.
What do you think: Should Rousey consider making the movie or should she continue to focus on fighting? Let’s hear it Penn Nation!