UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defends her belt next Feb. 22 against Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170 but the "Rowdy" one has two other headlining projects of another kind in the works. According to Variety magazine, Rousey will star in two Warner Brothers major motion pictures.
"The studio is in final negotiations to acquire rights to New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor’s 'Athena Project' with Rousey attached to star, and it’s also tapped her for one of the female leads in the upcoming 'Entourage' movie.
Rousey is currently training for her next fight: On Feb. 22 she will defend her title against Sara McMann at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Rousey will begin shooting her role in the 'Entourage' movie in mid-March.
It is unknown what she will do following the 'Entourage' shoot since her next fight following McMann has not yet been set. But as 'The Athena Project' is still looking for a writer, it’s likely that Rousey will be back in the gym prepping for her next bout.
While the 'Entourage' gig gives Rousey a recognizable property through which to get noticed for her acting, 'The Athena Project' could give her a possible franchise and perhaps the chance to become the female action star Hollywood is lacking."
We're certainly excited for Rousey to be getting these opportunities outside of the Octagon - fighting is a rough way to make a living - but hopefully the MMA world won't lose Rousey to Hollywood too soon as we did with Gina Carano.
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