UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is already one of MMA's biggest stars, but now she will try to become a star of the silver screen as well. Like many MMA fighters before her, Rousey will have a part in an action movie. According to Sylvester Stallone, Rousey will be a part of "Expendables 3," and early favorite to win an Oscar.*
Ronda Rousey will show championship form in Expendables 3! So will multi hampion Victor Ortiz!
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) July 24, 2013
Expendables is the same franchise that starred UFC pioneer Randy Couture. The third movie in the series includes Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and MMA hangers-on/fans Steven Seagal and Mickey Rourke. Seagal has been around Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida for years. Perhaps he will try to teach Rousey a move or two?
As Rousey takes a step towards Hollywood, you have to wonder if she's following the path of Gina Carano. After putting together an impressive MMA career, she lost to Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino (then Santos). She went on to star in movies like "Blood and Bone" and "Haywire," and hasn't fought since that 2009 loss.
Rousey has plenty of MMA on her plate to keep her from getting too caught up in the movies, though. She is coaching the next season of "The Ultimate Fighter" against Miesha Tate, then will fight Tate at UFC 168 at the end of the year.
*OK, maybe not an early favorite to win an Oscar.
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