As if Ronda Rousey’s schedule isn’t hectic enough, she is in talks to appear in next installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
If the deal is finalized Rousey will have agreed to her second film in as many weeks, recently revealing that she will be a part of “The Expendables 3.” On top of that, she is preparing for a December showdown with Miesha Tate. In order to keep training, Rousey will reportedly move her camp to Atlanta where most of “Fast and Furious 7” will be filmed.
While the role will be limited to showcasing her fighting skills, Rousey joins a series that has grossed over $2.3 billion worldwide. Being alongside names like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Paul Walker exposes her to an audience unfamiliar with her MMA background.
A fighter making the transition from MMA to movies isn’t uncommon. Ironically, Gina Carano was a cast member of “Fast and Furious 6” and may have paved the way for Rousey being considered for the sequel. Randy Couture has also succeeded outside of the octagon. Aside from small TV parts he was in both “Expendables” films and played a major role in a spinoff of “The Scorpion King.”
The main difference between these two and Rousey, however, is that Couture and Carano hit the big screen near the end of their MMA careers. Rousey is just hitting her stride.
As a woman who has dominated both the UFC and Strikeforce bantamweight divisions, losing her to Hollywood would be a major blow. Let’s hope that her matchup with Tate at UFC 168 helps in getting the acting bug’s bite out of her system.