UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey’s “brand” is as hot as ever at the moment. In addition to being an unbeaten title-holder in the world’s foremost MMA organization and coach on TUF 18, the Maxim cover-girl recently booked roles in likely blockbusters The Expendables 3 and Fast and Furious 7. While her popularity has been a blessing in some ways, showing the mainstream how viable a commodity Mixed Martial Artists can be, it has also brought on concern about her future in fighting given Gina Carano’s one-way trip from the cage to Hollywood.
UFC President Dana White addressed the issue this week with media after a pre-fight press conference attached to UFC Fight Night 26, dismissing concerns about the possibility of Rousey retiring from her in-ring endeavors to focus on a film career.
“There’s no way in hell,” said White in a conversation captured by MMAFighting. “I don’t care what Hollywood offers. They ain’t paying what we’re paying. These guys, when they go out and make a movie, they’re not paying what we are.”
White went on to explain he understands the “it” factor Hollywood sees in Rousey; he just isn’t worried about her abandoning her passion for pugilism to read lines on a set.
“Does she have the perfect image? She doesn’t. She says ‘f*ck’ more than I do,” he joked. “She is who she is and I think people like her for her fighting style and the like who she is.”
Fans can catch Rousey’s next project on September 4 when TUF 18 debuts on FOX Sports 1.