At the rate she's going, UFC bantamweight champion "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey may soon have more acting jobs than she has fights.
Rousey, who will defend her belt on Dec. 28 against bitter rival Miesha Tate in the co-main event of UFC 168 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, is in talks for a fighting role in the feature film, "Fast & Furious 7."
Rousey, who is 7-0 in her mixed martial arts career, has already been cast for a role in "The Expendables 3," and filming is expected to begin shortly. It would interfere with her preparation for the fight with Tate, but she said producers have been accommodating and have arranged her schedule so that she can train when she's not on the set.
I'm leaving soon, and I'm very fortunate that there's going to be [boxer] Victor Ortiz and ('Expendables' cast member) Randy Couture and other fighter-type people there, and I'm going to be able to have my camp come and do everything, so I'm not going to break training for it at all.
Rousey wouldn't say much about her role in "The Expendables," other than to say "I'm probably going to play a kick ass chick."
If she lands the role in "Fast & Furious," as Variety first reported she would, she'd probably go from the set of The Expendables directly to Atlanta to film "Fast & Furious 7." It's not the conventional way a champion prepares for a title fight against a hated foe, but Rousey is anything but a conventional champion.
She's also going to be on the cover of the September edition of Maxim. And she'll also debut as a coach on "The Ultimate Fighter," which moves to the new Fox Sports 1 channel, opposite Tate starting next month.
At the UFC World Tour stop in Los Angeles last week, Rousey said she is the type who takes advantage of notoriety to build her brand.
If I see it, I'll go for it. I try to see everything that's available because if you just focus on one thing, you miss other opportunities.
Get ready for a whole lot of Rowdy over the new few months.
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